The Elder of Azania
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