When Nelson Mandela passed away last week, the people of the world collectively mourned and honored the hero. Some of the most poignant moments of grief and gratitude can be found in the most personal and private thoughts. The photographer George Qua-Enoo captured some of these moments in individual lives, asking people on the streets of Cape Town to express how Mandela affected their world. The images and sentiments are all the more moving for the simple way in which they are shot: an individual and his or her message to the late hero. Read More
Reportage aims to give readers and viewers the impression of being there; we consume news because knowledge of goings on in faraway places grants us the illusion of actually participating in significant events. The most famous photojournalistic images either capture something so momentous or historic that they make us forget that we weren’t actually there when it was taken. The well-known “Kissing Soldier” photo is one such image; although the woman didn’t know the man at all, we’ve constructed a national narrative about a love story that never happened. Read More
Young South African artist Reshma Chhiba recently created a bold art installation, and her work has sparked debates. Chhiba’s assignment was to craft something to memorialize the inhabitants of a former women’s prison in Johannesburg, a jail that once contained some amazing female activists who fought apartheid (like Winnie Madikizela-Mandela).
So what exactly did Chhiba make? A twelve meter long vagina crafted out of red velvet flesh and acrylic black pubic hair. Viewers are invited to step inside, and they experience some pretty shocking things. Read More
BY Laurel Walsh
on Jul 18, 2013
It's Nelson Mandela's birthday! The anti-apartheid icon is turning 95. What better way to celebrate his message of peace and reconciliation than with a video tribute from BUST's favorite rapper, Jean Grae?
Jean's family is from South Africa, and she says Mandela and his message have had a massive influence on her life and work (especially on her long-awaited new project, Cake or Death). "The entire reason that we're here is through this spirit of freedom," she explains. Read More
South African Dr. Sonnet Ehlers has created what she sees as a new weapon of defense for women against what is said to be one of the highest rape rates in the world. The device is Rape-aXe, a female condom with "teeth." The hooks inside are designed to latch on during unwanted penetration so that, “it hurts, he cannot pee and walk when it’s on… If he tries to remove it, it will clasp even tighter... however, it doesn't break the skin, and there's no danger of fluid exposure. Read More
BY Jules Abraham
on Jun 07, 2010
Back in Feburary a massive music wave hit the world that just hasn’t stopped. The South African Tsunami dubbed Zef-Rap already has its champions; a couple of scruffy, buzz-cut superstars of Die Antwoord. In the shrill buttery concoction that is the Afrikaans language, rappers Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er and DJ HI-TEK are reinvigorating social commentary in the rap game, and what better cradle than Apartheid scarred S. Africa. Read More