Athi-Patra Ruga
Lives & Works in Hogsback, South Africa
Athi-Patra Ruga is one of the few artists working in South Africa today whose work has adopted the trope of myth as a contemporary response to the post-apartheid era. Ruga creates alternative identities and uses these avatars as a way to parody and critique the existing political and social status quo. Ruga’s artistic approach of creating myths and alternate realities is in some way an attempt to view the traumas of the last two hundred years of colonial history from a place of detachment, at a far enough distance that wounds can be contemplated outside of personalised grief and subjective defensiveness. Athi-Patra Ruga will be presented by WHATIFTHEWORLD. 
Athi-Patra Ruga, A Sight:Site for Contemplation, 2020:3, Stained glass, lead and powder-coated steel, lightbox, 148,5 x 81,5 cm, Edition 3 + 1 AP. Courtesy of WHATIFTHEWORLD.

Artists 2023