Four contemporary South African artists

As the local art world descends on the FNB Joburg Art Fair, we round up the South African artists who have graced the Design Indaba Conference stage.
Tapestry by Athi-Patra Ruga.
Tapestry by Athi-Patra Ruga.

Athi-Patra Ruga

Athi-Patra Ruga explores the borderlines between fashion, performance and contemporary art through work that exposes and subverts the body in relation to structure, ideology and politics. In this interview he talks about one of his longest running projects, "The Future White Women of Azania". 

You can also flip through a Lookbook of his intricate and provocative tapestries here.

Nicholas Hlobo 


At Design Indaba Conference 2013 artist Nicholas Hlobo descended onto the stage in a white cocoon. In an evocative performance incorporating music and images, Hlobo took the audience on a journey of his life and his work.

You can watch the full performance here. 

Nandipha Mntambo

Nandipha Mntambo's work often uses themes from mythology and seeks to portray civilisation’s fascination with alternate realities such as the half-animal, half-human, hybrid creature. In this exclusive interview, she talks about her inspirations, motivations and desires as a photographer and artist.

Haroon Gunn-Salie

Haroon Gunn-Salie creates site-specific art that offers a new writing of history in post-Apartheid South Africa. Working across a range of disciplines, he uses reference points from his life to create artworks that, while deeply personal, are clear and direct so that they “can be understood in any context”.

Watch the Talk with Athi-Patra Ruga