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Lerato Bereng on Accessibility and Power Structures

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For our monthly collaboration with FLOURISH, an artist-run seasonal gathering that promotes community and collaboration across contemporary creative disciplines, Tiger Maremela chats to Lerato Bereng about sustaining relationships across the creative community. [fullwidthimage photourl="https://www.melenial.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/LERATO-4.jpg"] My first introduction to gallery director Lerato Bereng’s curatorial practice was through the Stevenson Gallery’s SEX exhibition - a 2016 group show featuring contemporary South African artists like FAKA, Lady Skollie and Zanele Muholi and attempting to look at sex as a site of pleasure and violence. The exhibition analysed collective discourse around sex over a 10 year timeline in South Africa and aimed at initiating a dialgue with the broader public by using art as a catalyst. The show sprawled over two floors in the gallery’s previous Braamfontein location, and included a series of public talks as a way of making the issues raised in the show more accessible and tangible. The show has continued to spark ...

Natalie Paneng’s Worlds for Black Girls

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For our monthly collaboration with FLOURISH, an artist-run seasonal gathering that promotes community and collaboration across contemporary creative disciplines, Tiger Maremela chats to Natalie Paneng about black girl magic in digital art. [fullwidthimage photourl="https://www.melenial.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NATALIE-4.jpg"] At the very core of her practice, Natalie Paneng is invested in world-building. A result of that is a body of work spanning stills and moving images that intentionally create utopias in which Natalie’s fictional characters - extensions and exaggerations of herself - can fully live their lives. “The world exists, so the girl exists and what she wears exists,” Natalie mentions as an easy way of understanding her three-step creative practice. Having studied Costume and Set Design at the University of Witwatersrand, Natalie is acutely aware of theatre’s possibilities and limitations. These limitations are what informed her progression towards creating work for digital spaces. This work started off as a way to visually validate and affirm her experiences, ...

Melenial Miles: A Singapore Slinged Week

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I fell in love with Singapore and here is why... After not being able to renew my visa to stay in China, and some convincing from my parents, I decided to go to Singapore for 2 weeks before heading to Europe at the end of August. I had one of the best week's of my adventure with my mother, living our best Crazy Rich Asian life on the island. View post

Melenial Miles: My Eventful 24hrs In Hong Kong

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Hong Kong is one of the most crowded city’s I have ever visited. It’s densely occupied with countless skyscrapers, however, there are some pockets of nature, thankfully. This past week I got to spend a full day exploring in the city. I have been in Shanghai, China mainland for the last month, on a L1 (visitor) visa, which only permits me 30 days stay at a time in the country. Since my 1st 30 days had expired, I decided to go to Hong Kong, which is a nice 2h30min-3hr flight from Shanghai. Hong Kong is a harbor city, with a combination of the oriental cultural foundation and a blend of the west. As its summer in the northern hemisphere, the city is boiling and humid which can make exploring quite sweaty, so brace yourself and prepare accordingly. The best and most cost-effective way to get into the city from the airport is the ...

The Rise Of YouTuber Buhle Lupindo

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Everyone seems to have a YouTube channel these days. However, finding the sweet spot of success and quality content can be a challenge for many. YouTuber Buhle Lupindo rose to the challenge, making it look effortless as she has seemed to have mastered the art of creating consistent quality content and success, with about 9.5 thousand subscribers after only three months of starting her channel. The strategic brand communication student hopes to incorporate what she’s studying into her channel,  as she runs for the top spot as one of the most prominent YouTubers in Africa and create a brand that can build her career, consulting and collaborating with big brands. “I started my channel to see if I am capable of starting something on my own and be consistent with it. One of my lecturers spoke of entrepreneurship and how we should start something and see, whatever the outcome ...

It’s Sibu’s World & We’re Just Living In It

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It’s Sibu’s world and we’re just living it. Young digital entrepreneur, Sibu Mpanza, well-known for his topical, funny and authentic YouTube videos and just announced field presenter for popular South African lifestyle and entertainment show, Real Goboza (RGB on SABC 1) - continues to win the hearts of South Africa and the shores beyond. View post