Athi-Patra Ruga: 'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions'

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Athi-Patra Ruga

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB Main Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


To kick off our new season of talks, the Oxford Brookes Fine Art Research unit (FAR) will be welcoming world-renowned South-African artist, Athi-Patra Ruga, who will be in coversation with artist and writer, Linda Stupart.

'Athi-Patra Ruga is one of the few artists working in South Africa today whose work has adopted the trope of myth as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era. Ruga creates alternative identities and uses these avatars as a way to parody and critique the existing political and social status quo. Ruga’s artistic approach of creating myths and alternate realities is in some way an attempt to view the traumas of the last 200 years of colonial history from a place of detachment – at a farsighted distance where wounds can be contemplated outside of personalized grief and subjective defensiveness.'

Athi-Patra has exhibited across the world, including at the South African Pavillion at the Venice Biennale (2013).

'Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions' is Ruga's first major UK solo exhibition, and will open at London's Somerset House in October.

As always, everyone is welcome to attend this free talk. Booking is essential.