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.


Queens in Exile 2014-2017, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town

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

The Future White Women of Azania Saga, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town

‘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


Everyday Anomaly – WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town

Dear Europa… – WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Women’s Work, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town
An Age of Our Own Making, Holbaek, Denmark
Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, Boston Centre for the Arts, Boston

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