YLA September Edition

One of my biggest fascinations with art and its influence is how it can define an environment so decidedly, it becomes a natural adjective. Art that imitates life and vice versa so well that corners of big cities come to be known as art somethings-or-other; art districts, buzzing to the brim with art-loving crowds and patrons of its art hotels, art restaurants, art bars, art bookstores and conceptual art fashion boutiques. Such is the evolution of this facet of culture that many are saying is having its moment on African soil.

By Ntokozo Maseko

We’ve always had the creative talent, but it’s the infrastructure in the form of galleries, museums and institutions – and the art-inspired establishments that come with them – that have been steps behind the West. The continent has shaken off its slumber in the most exciting way; galleries can be found all over Africa, and institutions and foundations are defining an art market that’s reflective of our lived experience. The talent continues to grow with spill-over effect as leaders of the artist pack, like Kenyan-born Wangechi Mutu, are now followed closely by young talent like Tanzania’s Sungi Mlengeya and, in South Africa, visual activist Sir Muholi, who graces our cover, continue to reverse the Western gaze with unflinching power.

FNB Art Joburg turns Joburg into an art city this September

Life lived through the lens of art is richer and enriching if you invest in the right pieces and being a Joburg native, I so look forward to art taking over how we experience the city this month. With a major art fair and other art-related events on the go, Joburg morphs into a true art city – even if only for a moment.

— Ntokozo Maseko –  Editor

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