Lumieres dAfriques African Art

Athi-Patra Ruga
2016
Africa Art | African Art | Athi-Patra Ruga | Lumieres dAfriques

Athi-Patra Ruga is a South African artist whose work touches on topics such as politics, corruption and the fact that the ‘Rainbow Nation’ has never been achieved, hence his character ‘The White Woman of Azania’. This piece is part of an Africa art exhibition entitled ‘Lumieres d’Afriques’, which challenged African artists to submit an original work. The aim of the exhibition was to highlight African artists who use their work to address difficult topics. In this image, Ruga is exploring cultural identity, utopia, and dystopia by depicting ‘Miss Azania’ as an African woman wearing distinctly Western clothing. The piece is entitled ‘Miss Azania – Exile is waiting’, which further highlights his themes of cultural identity.