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Athi-Patra Ruga

South African 1984- 


Athi-Patra Ruga is one of the few artists working in South Africa today whose work has adopted the trope of myth as a contemporary response to the post-Apartheid era. Ruga creates alternative identities and uses these avatars to parody and critique the existing political and social status quo. Ruga’s artistic approach of creating myths and alternate realities is in some way an attempt to view the traumas of the last 200 years of colonial history from a place of detachment – at a farsighted distance where wounds can be contemplated outside of personalized grief and subjective defensiveness. 

The philosophical allure and allegorical value of utopia has been central to Ruga’s practice. His construction of a mythical universe populated by characters which he has created and depicted in his work have allowed Ruga to create an interesting space of self-reflexivity in which political, cultural and social systems can be critiqued and parodied. Ruga has used his utopia as a lens to process the fraught history of a colonial past, to critique the present and propose a possible humanist vision for the future.

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16 lots offered      81.25% sold      ZAR 4 791 893
 

Including Premium and VAT Results include Buyer's Premium and VAT
Athi-Patra Ruga; Ras Tafari Get a Job
11 Oct 2021
Unsold
 
Athi-Patra Ruga; The Intervention on the Anglo-Boer Monument by FWWOA (Future White Women of Azania)
27 Sep 2021
Sold for ZAR 21 105
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Athi-Patra Ruga; The Ever-Promised Erection
17 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 113 800
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Athi-Patra Ruga; A Vigil for Mayibuye
17 May 2021
Sold for ZAR 227 600
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Athi-Patra Ruga; Future White Women of Azania I
11 Apr 2021
Unsold
 
Athi-Patra Ruga; The Intervention on the Anglo-Boer Monument by FWWOA (Future White Women of Azania)
29 Mar 2021
Unsold
 
Athi-Patra Ruga; The FWWOA (Future White Women of Azania) Intervention on the Anglo-Boer War Memorial, eMakhanda, 2012
23 Nov 2020
Sold for ZAR 23 450
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Athi-Patra Ruga; The Ever Promised Erection
26 Jul 2020
Sold for ZAR 79 660
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Athi-Patra Ruga; The Sacred Versatile Queen and Autocrat of all Azania
26 Jul 2020
Sold for ZAR 739 700
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Athi-Patra Ruga; Touched by an Angel
15 Feb 2020
Sold for ZAR 796 600
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Athi-Patra Ruga; Ka Marman, Ka Khanyi Ikhetshi***
15 Feb 2020
Sold for ZAR 227 600
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT
Athi-Patra Ruga; Ilulwane ... he's not one of youz
20 May 2019
Sold for ZAR 477 960
Incl. Buyer's Premium & VAT

Results in green indicate post sales.


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