South Africa’s Athi-Patra Ruga has returned to Cape Town’s WHATIFTHEWORLD/GALLERY with a phenomenal self-curated exhibition of ‘Queens in Exile, An exhibition of works,’ as well as a film inspired by Sylvia Rivera’s “Queens in Exile: The Forgotten Ones.”
Through art, Ruga explores the borderlines between fashion, performance and contemporary art. His work exposes and subverts the body in relation to structure, ideology and politics. Ruga’s performances, videos, costumes and imagery create a world where cultural identity is influenced by globalisation, thus becoming a hybrid construct not determined by geographical location.
Visually speaking, the displayed facial features equate to a chilling normalcy: embracing masculinity within the frame of femininity, showcasing strength and confidence in a parallel of vulnerability and selflessness. Crafted, enacted, revised and published within the span of three-years, ‘Queens in Exile‘ is a priceless gem whose public recognition became limitless.
Ruga’s recent exhibitions and performances have been displayed at the Louis Vuitton Foundation (Paris), IZIKO South African National Gallery (Cape Town), Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community at the Boston Centre for the Arts amongst others. There are no borders that imprison his creativity neither are there pinpointed words that can describe the level of innovation Ruga possesses.
Ruga’s exhibition will be on from the 29 November 2017 – 27 January 2018, in Cape Town, South Africa.