Monthly Archives: June 2012

Kagee and Coovadia: What a book launch should be

Ashraf Kagee in conversation with Imraan Coovadia, 19 June 2012, Psychology Department, University of Stellenbosch. WAMUWI MBAO Khalil’s Journey, the debut novel of Ashraf Kagee, is an enigmatic and beguiling work, a novel that has large things to say about […]


Nunn’s organic sense of the visual

Launch of Call and Response by Cedric Nunn, 12 June 2012, The Book Lounge, Cape Town. WAMUWI MBAO The idea that we must pay particular attention to the ordinary – an ostinato captured aphoristically by Njabulo Ndebele two decades ago, […]

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The short end of the spear

Hail to the Thief. Brett Murray. Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. KATE ELLIS-COLE While the artist, Brett Murray, was off having his hide tanned for being an alleged racist, his exhibition “Hail to the Thief” went into its last week on display […]

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In search of lost soles

The Shoe Shop art and walking festival, presented by the Goethe-Institut, 2-31 May 2012, Johannesburg. MATTHEW WILHELM-SOLOMON The Shoe Shop festival, based in the shell of an old bakery in Braamfontein, was an exploration of walking, of movement and migration […]

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The strangeness of beauty and beautiful strangers

Launch of Invisible Furies by Michiel Heyns, 31 May 2012, The Book Lounge, Cape Town. KATE ELLIS-COLE A mantle of pleasant chatter, resting on tables laden with wine glasses and elegant finger-foods, is the first thing that greets arrivers at […]

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