Lakin Ogunbanwo makes the British Journal of Photography’s ‘Ones To Watch’ List

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that Lakin Ogunbanwo has been recognised as one to watch for 2015 by the British Journal of Photography in their annual Ones To Watch edition.

Out of the 300 emerging photographers nominated in the annual survey of global talent, Ogunbanwo was placed on the Top 25 Photographers for 2015 list.

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Athi-Patra Ruga wins the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist Award

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce Athi-Patra Ruga as the 2015 Winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance. The Standard Bank Young Artist Award is arguably the most prestigious accolade to be awarded in South Africa, and is given to young South African artists who have demonstrated exceptional ability in their chosen fields. Designed to encourage the recipients in the pursuit of their careers, a key aspect of the awards is that they guarantee the artists a place on the main programme of the next National Arts Festival. In addition to a cash prize, each of the winners receive substantial financial backing for their Festival participation, whether this involves the mounting of an exhibition or the staging of a production.

Ruga’s performance pieces are a combination of processions and interventions, using the procession as a way in which to extend and deepen communication with the audience. Ruga’s most recent and ambitious work titled The Future White Woman of Azania is an ongoing series of performances engaging new definitions of nationhood in relation to the autonomous body. Other themes in Ruga’s works are the interrogation of utopic ideals and rhetoric, racial ideologies and the body as a communicative tool.

Recent performances include The Founding Myth staged for the opening of the South African Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale; The Elder of Azania commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art San Francisco and YBCA as part of the exhibition Public Intimacy; and Next Future hosted at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon Portugal.

We would like to congratulate Athi-Patra Ruga and his studio for this well deserved award and extend our thanks to the patrons and supporters of his work who have been instrumental in allowing us to realise this ground breaking performance work.

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WHATIFTHEWORLD artists on show at the National Gallery

WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that the works of artists Dan Halter, Cameron Platter, Athi-Patra Ruga and Pierre Fouche are on display at the Iziko South African National Gallery. These artists’ work form part of the latest exhibition at the Iziko South African National Gallery entitled Brave New World…20 Years of Democracy, which will be on show from 3 July to 1 November 2014.

The exhibition commemorates this major milestone through a selection of works from ISANG’s Permanent Collection, acquired between 1994 and 2014.


WHATIFTHEWORLD is pleased to announce that the works of Dan Halter and Rowan Smith will be on show at the START Art Fair (booth 7.2) in London, UK.

The inaugural START Art Fair presented by Prudential is held at the Saatchi Gallery in London from 26 – 29 June 2014. The fair is dedicated to supporting international galleries from both the world’s most exciting emerging markets, and established artistic centres.

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WHATIFTHEWORLD artists at Nirox Sculpture Fair

Over the weekend of 10 and 11 May 2014, four WHATIFTHEWORLD artists will be exhibiting their work at the NIROX Foundation Sculpture Park in Johannesburg. Cameron Platter, Michele Mathison, Rodan Kane Hart and Daniella Mooney will all be showcasing some of their latest sculptures as part of The 2014 Mastercard Winter Sculpture Fair, situated in the Cradle of Humankind.

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