Latitudes Podcast is the voice of art from Africa. Hosted by Refiloe Mpakanyane, the podcast explores new ways of accessing and thinking about the contemporary ...
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Cinga Samson: Staying grounded amid a meteoric rise
Refiloe is in conversation with visual artist Cinga Samson about his meteoric rise to global, artistic success. Known for his figurative oil paintings of large-scale group scenes and self-portraits; along with his depictions of figures with pupil-less eyes arranged in ceremonious poses. Cinga unpacks just what his works seek to portray and perhaps why they might never fully do. Sceptical about the trappings of success: Cinga is more focused on appreciating the emotional and spiritual nourishment that family and nature can provide.
Standing on quicksand with gallerist Mark Read
Refiloe interviews Mark Read, the chairman of Africa's oldest commercial gallery, the Everard Read Group. They talk about Mark’s unique experience of being raised in the art business; then going on to helm and grow the family enterprise and ultimately becoming an influential figure in the art community. They also focus on his parallel life as a dedicated naturalist and preservationist who uses his influence to support several philanthropic causes. The wide ranging discussion explores ideas around visual art as a primordial tool of human expression and connection; and Mark gives his views on the innumerable possibilities that art can create for anyone, and for South Africans in particular.
Architecture as an artistic medium: what are its impacts on local, social narratives?
Refiloe speaks to Professor Sumayya Vally, acclaimed architect (and principal of the award winning architecture and research practice Counterspace) about architecture as an artistic medium. The conversation salvages the concept from the idealistic or theoretical and brings it into the deeply personal and intimate realms. Sumayya gives a peak into the engine at the heart of her practice including how architecture shows up in political moments, her fascination with under-appreciated stories as well as the legacies of our heroes and how she thinks of her own. Explore further here.
Latitudes Podcast is the voice of art from Africa. Hosted by Refiloe Mpakanyane, the podcast explores new ways of accessing and thinking about the contemporary visual arts from Africa, while also seeking to build strong community and a robust archive of thought leadership. The Latitudes Podcast is sponsored by iTOO Artinsure and is brought to you by Latitudes Online, the world's leading marketplace for art from Africa.