Zimbabwean writing

#110. Go to a book reading and be enchanted by a Zimbabwean writer who has everybody talking. Her name is Petina Gappah and her book is “An Elegy for Easterly”, a collection of short stories that has garnered gushing reviews comparing her to writers as diverse asĀ  Anton Chekhov and Chinua Achebe. Continue reading

Artist Lawrence Lemaoana takes on Jacob Zuma

#52. Don’t miss Lawrence Lemaoana’s exhibition: “Fortune Telling in Black, Red and White” at David Brodie’s Art Extra Gallery in Craighall. Brodie’s gallery is a brash young presence on the Joburg art scene, contemporary to the point of being avant-garde, a rarity in this town where the art world is generally extremely polite. A few years ago I attended the “opening” of performance artist Steven Cohen’s latest work at the Goodman Gallery. Cohen dragged himself off the floor, wearing a tutu and I think it was kudu horn boots flipping himself over onto a pommel horse while an able assistant entered from the wings and inserted a fire cracker into his ass and proceeded to light it. The audience clapped and nodded appreciatively then moved on to refill their glasses with white wine and view the rest of the exhibition. This is not a town that is easily shocked or that likes to show it. (Scroll down to pause the audio).

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