Athi-Patra Ruga

Athi-Patra Ruga is a Cape Town-based artist who works at the threshold of fashion, performance and contemporary art. He explores and experiments with his body in relation to ideology, politics and society in order to challenge stereotypes within structures of power. Ruga has participated in numerous exhibitions and performance festivals including Infecting the City, Cape Town (2012 and 2009); Ilulwane, Performa 11, New York (2011); From Pierneef to Gugulective and Dada South, South African National Gallery, Iziko, Cape Town (2010); Disguise: The Art of Attracting and Deflecting Attention, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town (2008); Impossible Monsters, Art Extra, Johannesburg, South Africa (2007); and Doc. no3, Die Naai Masjien - Miss Congo, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (2006). Ruga has participated in residencies in Switzerland, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and was recently included in the Phaidon book Younger than Jesus, which is a directory of over 500 top global artists under the age of 33.


click here to view performances - Performance Obscura
click here to view performances - The Future White Woman of Azania