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Inside the mind of artist Charl-Christo Petersen: 165 paintings in 165 days of lockdown

hile we all have our own lockdown stories to tell, Cape Town fine artist Charl-Christo Petersen’s narrative is a painted one. Lockdown had many of us vegetating in a dull existential crisis, but Petersen did a painting a day to survive lockdown. That’s 165 paintings in 165 days… READ FULL ARTICLE

‘1 000 nights in silence with you’: An extract by Mia Arderne

Yoga, travel, exercise, sunlight, art, a pet, plant life, a better diet — they won’t necessarily fix it either. They may help. They may even go some way towards managing depression. But self-care is not a cure… READ FULL ARTICLE

The Irreverence of Shaleen Surtie-Richards

In the public outpouring of love, where everybody grieves differently, it can be almost invasive to those who are particularly close to the deceased. For all the attempts at immortalising an icon, there’s no elegant way to sum up someone’s life. Not the life of Shaleen Surtie-Richards… READ FULL ARTICLE

Proclamation 73: Forgotten People Returned to History

Imagine being in your local museum, but the people represented on the walls don’t look like you. In South Africa, for many of us, we don’t have to imagine it and a new exhibition that opened this week at the Durban Art Gallery adds its voice to the growing chorus of work correcting the error of representation… READ FULL ARTICLE

‘Til the season: It’s Festive, it’s Fokol but depression is real

‘Tis the season of Quality Street sweets, difficult relatives, ­trifle, alcoholism and suicide ideation. It’s the phenomenon of ­festivities with the feeling of having nothing to celebrate. Everyone’s a little louder, a little drunker, and you’re allowed to indulge in just how much of a wreck you really are. Because: It’s fokol, it’s festive… READ FULL ARTICE

Corresponding print renditions from Mail & Guardian Friday:

Proclamation 73: Forgotten People Returned to History

‘Til the season: It’s Festive, it’s Fokol but depression is real