Athi-Patra Ruga: Of Gods, Rainbows and Omissions
When: Thu 4th Oct 2018 to Sun 6th Jan 2019
Where: Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Times: Sat - Tues: 10:00 - 18:00, Weds - Fri 11:00 - 20:00
About the event
Somerset House and 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair present new and rarely seen works from internationally renowned South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga.
In his first major solo UK exhibition, Ruga reveals a mythical world which challenges perceptions of cultural identity, and parodies the construction of the South African nation state, in the post-apartheid era. The exhibition continues beyond 1-54 as a standalone show throughout Somerset House’s winter season.
For the first time, Ruga brings together three seminal bodies of work – The Future White Women of Azania (2012-15), Queens in Exile (2015-17), and The Beatification of Feral Benga (2017-present) – immersing visitors in his vibrant world filled with powerful and striking characters.