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Athi-Patra Ruga

Friday, June 25th 2010 at 5:30 PM


25 June 2010 @ 5.30 FOR 6PM

Athi-Patra Ruga
Athi-Patra Ruga will be here to relaunch his most recent catalogue, and will be talking about his art with Andrew Lamprecht, a critic, curator and art theorist who works at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.
Exploring the border-zones between fashion ,performance and art , Athi-Patra Ruga makes work that exposes and subverts the body in relation to structure , ideology and politics. Bursting with eclectic multicultural references, carnal sensuality and a dislocated undercurrent of humor, his performances, videos, costumes and photographic images create a world where cultural identity is no longer determined by geographical origins ,ancestry or biological disposition , but is increasingly becoming a hybrid construct. A Utopian counter-proposal to the sad dogma of the division between mind and body, sensuality and intelligence , pop culture ,craft and fine art , his works expresses the eroticism of knowledge and reconciles the dream with experience.
Recent exhibitions include: Beauty and Pleasure in Contemporary South African Art’ at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway as well as the Guangzhou Trienalle in China (2008) and Daimler Collection ; and Life less Ordinary – fFoto gallery, Wales. 
Athi-Patra Ruga was also recently included in the Phaidon book ‘Younger Than Jesus,’ a directory of over 500 of the world’s best artists under the age of 33. His works form part of private public and museum collections here and abroad, namely: Museion -Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art , Bolzano Italy; CAAC- Pigozzi Collection; Iziko -South African National Gallery.