Athi-Patra Ruga

Athi-Patra Ruga 'The Future White Women of Azania: The manifesto', 2012. Performance with costumes, props, lights and music, GIPCA Live Art Festival, Cape Town. Duration variable. Photo by Ashley Walters. Courtesy of the Artist and the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts.
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Born in Umtata, South Africa, in 1983, Athi-Patra Ruga studied fashion illustration in Johannesburg and works with performance, textile, and photography. His construction of myth remodels everyday life in post-apartheid South Africa, while his 2D tapestries deliver a contemporary pop sensibility.




Athi-Patra Ruga, Bass Museum of Art, Miami



The Elder of Azania, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

A Land Without A People… For A People Without A Land, In Situ, Paris



‘Future White Women of Azania,’ Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa



‘Ilulwane’, Performa 11, New York, USA



‘Athi-Patra Ruga – The Works’, FRED Gallery, London, UK

‘The Body in Question IV: La Momma Morta’, YOUNG BLACKMAN, Cape Town, South Africa



‘After He Left’, YOUNG BLACKMAN, Cape Town, South Africa



‘… of bugchasers and watsui faghags’, Art Extra, Johannesburg, South Africa



‘Miss Congo’, Performance in collaboration with Christopher Martin, Confluence 4.2, Design Indaba 10, Cape Town, South Africa




An Age of Our Own Making, Holbaek, Denmark



AFRICA: Architecture, Culture and Identity, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Louisiana

The Film Will Always Be You: South African Artists on Screen, Tate Modern, London

The Elder of Azania, Solo Performance at the Johannesburg Pavilion, 56th La Biennale di Venezia, Venice

2015 Joburg Art Fair – WHATIFTHEWORLD, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg

Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London

Studio: The Lives and Works of South African Artists, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Foreign Bodies – WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town

Queer Threads, Leslie & Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York

Lumières d’Afriques, Theatre National De Chaillot, Paris

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain



African Odysseys, The Brass Artscape, Brussels

PRÓXIMO FUTURO / NEXT FUTURE, Programa Gulbenkian de Cultura Contemporânea, Lisbon, Portugal

Uncertain Terms – WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town

Public Intimacy, SFMOMA, San Francisco

Brave New World…20 Years of Democracy, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town



Between the Lines, Braunschweig University of Art, Berlin

Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg

‘Imaginary Fact’, 55th Biennale di Venezia, South African Pavilion, Venice, Italy



‘A SHOT IN THE ARSE’, The Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

‘Under a Tinsel Sun’, III Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow, Russia



‘Living as Form Exhibition’, New York, USA



‘From Pierneef to Gugulective’, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

For Those Who Live in It – Pop Culture Politics and Strong Voices, MU Foundation, Eindhoven, The Netherlands



‘Beauty and Pleasure in Contemporary South African Art’, Stenersen Museet, Oslo, Norway

‘Infecting the City’, Cape Town CBD (Central Business District), South Africa