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Ja.  A digital publication of written and visual work from across Africa. 2016 Arts Journalism Award winners for Innovation and Excellence.


In Bloom seeks to showcase a new wave of South African independent art and creativity. Comprising multimedia work, photography, illustration, street art, and literature, the group exhibition brings together the varying narratives, identities, and observations of an emergent South African creative community. The works featured in this exhibition have been inspired by and created in, city centres, small towns, online spheres, homes and more. Each work, in its own way, attempts to bring to light the complexities, absurdities, and even the small celebrations of a life lived through art. Lead photo by @andymkosi

Ja. magazine is an award-winning, independent digital publication that publishes new written and visual work from South Africa. Founded in late 2014, the publication has gone on to feature the works of numerous emergent and established writers, poets, artists, musicians, and more. Ja. magazine has also hosted creative workshops and events in an effort to tap into offline cultures of creativity, and interest in the local arts.
This exhibition serves as another extension of the publication’s continued efforts to promote local art and literature on a national level.
Lead photo by @andymkosi

In Bloom
Group Exhibition by Ja. Magazine
26 September - 15 October 2017
Mezzanine Gallery

Ja. Magazine hosts their first group exhibition in Durban, featuring a range of works from the publication’s past and present contributors. The exhibition is curated by Ja. team Youlendree Appasamy, Dave Mann and Niamh Walsh-Vorster with guest visual editor, Mandisa Buthelezi.

The group exhibition In Bloom is a project by Ja. magazine in partnership with the @kznsagallery. Lead photo by @andymkosi

New works by two of Ja. mag's previous contributors, Akissi Beukman and Jessica Hansen, on show at the 2017 Sasol New Signatures exhibition. Congrats! 🎨🌱🎉

Hello readers, writers, artists, and other brilliant ones we’ve come to know.
Weird time of year, right? Ja, for us too.
If you’ve followed Ja. mag since its early days, you’ll know we’ve come a pretty long way – from being a haphazard, beer-soaked idea that stumbled awkwardly, but excitedly into the digital realm, to a slightly less disorganised publication that’s published some truly pioneering written and visual work over the years.
The problem with change, though, is that it’s never very linear – or easy for that matter. So we’ve decided to take a hiatus. This is another way of saying we’re taking an open-ended smoke break in order to do some good thinking about where we’re headed as a publication. Also, we are very tired and a break at this time of year sounds just great to us.
We’ll still be sharing past work over the next while, and our workshops and events will still be running (as well as one big event that's currently in the works) but the publication itself, will be on vacation.
As always, thanks for reading 💚💚🌵 Ja. team

'The use of color represents the dejection towards all that I thought I was. It also represents meditation, intuition, sensitivity, depth, freedom, and imagination during the process of realising that all I have meditated on had been a lie.' Check out 'Broken Meditation' by @just.illustrat in #JaEd14. LINK IN BIO.

'and the benches still read net blankes
but my father is not afraid
yet my father still wants more
because when my father bought that Porsche,
the one with the red, I told you what kind
he called it an investment'

Read 'Foundations' by @arianamunsamy in #JaEd14. LINK IN BIO.
Illustration by @alii.maaz

'This body of work has been influenced by representing alternative / neo realities, sometimes with surreal undertones, in a more ‘Pop Art’ manner. A deviation, but continuing allegory of my previous works looking at an imagery reflective of Johannesburg’s apartheid history and the nuances of postcolonialism.' View POP(T)ART! by @joegturpin in #JaEd14. LINK IN BIO.

'They say time heals all wounds.
What they neglect to tell you is what happens when you get lost in time.' Read @nappyhairednegro's short story 'Limbo' in #JaEd14. LINK IN BIO. 📷 by @niamhhey .

'Do you hear the sound that lingers in the spaces between your breathes?' Read 'Let It Take You' by Muneerah Khan in #JaEd14. LINK IN BIO. 📷 by @lucinda.jolly

"All I know even now, really, is I had the time of my life — and I do not mean to romanticise this because it has been quite a time, good and not so good — throughout the entire process, especially because I am still learning to take, seriously, the world-building work of collaborative thinking and creating, and of feminist curating and archiving." Profile | Meet #JaEd14 curator, @_gathoni Wairimũ Mũrĩithi. 📷 by @kajavar

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