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Exhibition Detail
The Elder of Azania
701 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103


February 22nd 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
The Future White Women of Azania, Athi-Patra RugaAthi-Patra Ruga,
The Future White Women of Azania,
2012, performed as part of Performa Obscura in collaboration with Mikhael Subotzky; commissioned for the exhibition Making Way, Grahamstown, South Africa;
© Photo: Ruth Simboa; courtesy Athi-Patra Ruga and WHATIFTHEWORLD/GALLERY
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Performance
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$12 in Advance / $15 at the Door, includes admission to Public Intimacy Opening Night Party, 8–10 PM. $10, performance only. FREE with RSVP for SFMOMA and YBCA Members
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YBCA in collaboration with SFMOMA presents
Athi-Patra Ruga: The Elder of Azania

Athi-Patra Ruga’s ongoing performance series The Future White Women of Azania (2010-present) features fantastical characters—usually played by the artist—whose upper bodies sprout colorful, liquid-filled balloons, while their lower bodies pose or process in stockings and heels. Drawn both from classical Greek and Roman accounts of southern Africa and activists’ dreams of a pre- and post-apartheid black African utopia, Azania, in Ruga’s presentation, occurs as a state in flux (those balloons do break). Ruga’s new installment, The Elder of Azania, introduces another shape-shifter: a spiritual figure, both king and trickster, both Xhosa goat spirit and Vaslav Nijinsky’s famous faun.

Part of the exhibition Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa.

Fri, Feb 21, 10 PM & Sat, Feb 22, 6 PM • YBCA Forum
$12 in Advance / $15 at the Door, includes admission to Public Intimacy Opening Night Party, 8–10 PM.
$10, performance only.
FREE with RSVP for SFMOMA and YBCA Members


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