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Athi-Patra Ruga

(South Africa)
Realness Residency

Athi-Patra Ruga



Born in Mthatha, Athi-Patra Ruga is an award-winning, multidisciplinary South African artist whose work has adopted the trope of myth as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era.

Ruga constructs alternative identities and avatars, creating an interesting space of self- reflexivity in which he parodies and critiques the existing political, cultural and social systems and status quo. Through his practice, Ruga attempts to process the fraught history of a colonial past, to critique the present and propose a possible humanist vision for the future.

Recently, Ruga’s Over the Rainbow (From Queens in Exile) has shown at the Aesthetica Short Film Festival; Not What You Want To See, a group exhibition at Factoria Habana during the Havana Biennale and his solo exhibition Of Rainbows, Gods, and Omissions at Somerset House, London.

This year, he was selected to participate in the Realness Screenwriters Residency, founded by Elias Ribeiro.

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