Athi-Patra Ruga

Interior/Exterior ⁄ Dramatis Personae, a Saga in Two Parts

South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga’s current exhibition presents work in two techniques often associated with the aesthetics of church and home. Part one, Interior/Exterior, includes five panels made in stained glass, an apprenticeship Ruga began relatively recently, first exhibiting the medium in 2013. Part two, Dramatis Personae, uses the textile technique of petit point, a mainstay of the artist’s practice for the past fifteen years, in four new works accompanied by one photographic portrait. Across media, Ruga’s aesthetic of strong primary colours defines portraits informed by his complex myth-making of identities historically uncelebrated identities....

English exhibition review & French exhibition review commissioned by Artskop3437

WHATIFTHEWORLD Gallery
Cape Town, South Africa
2 July – 5 September, 2020
installation image courtesy of WHATIFTHEWORLD