A conversation with Dr. Nanda Soobben, South Africa’s first “Black” political cartoonist during the apartheid years.

Artical sourced from Africartoons.com. Interview sourced from Africancolours.com, written by Sandi Wells and posted by Andrew Njoroge.


Nanda's studio space, at the entrance of CFAD, the multi media art school he founded.

NANDA SOOBBEN has come a long way since scrawling sketches on the wall of his childhood home with charcoal. Last year he was presented with an honorary doctorate award by the Durban University of Technology - an institution forged from the one which once denied him an education because of the apartheid laws. Despite those early setbacks, armed with determination and talent, Nanda became South Africa's first (and for some time only) Black political cartoonist during the apartheid era, and went on to establish a name for himself both locally and internationally.

What's So Funny? Under the Skin of South African Cartooning

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Andy Mason embarks on a fascinating journey through the history of South African cartooning, tracing a vigorous lineage of satirical art that begins in the colonial period and continues unabated to this day. For hundreds of years, democratic societies have set aside a space – the ‘jester’s space’ – where satirists are given license to taunt and mock the rich and powerful. This tradition has survived the bitter struggles of South African history, and the ongoing encounter between pen and sword continues to produce powerful, sometimes agonising images of a nation battling to come to terms with its own identity. Told with an autobiographical slant and based on interviews with most of South Africa’s top cartoonists and satirists, What’s So Funny? provides a unique glimpse into the world of our visual jesters, how they go about their work, where they find their ideas, and what drives them in their frenzied pursuit of the next laugh.

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Final year, postgraduate illustration students to exhibit illustrated children's books and graphic novels this and next week at Stellenbosch University Gallery.



Final year MPHIL in Visual Arts (Illustration) students will be exhibiting their work at Stellenbosch University Gallery this and next week. Artist Christel Badenhorst will be opening her work to the public this coming Thursday the 27 th of January while Susan Opperman and Janita Steenkamp will be exhibiting together the following Tuesday the 1st of February. Having specialised in their own field of visual narrative design, the artists will present their hand-bound books along with mounted spreads and other exhibited work.

Postgraduate Visual Arts students to exhibit children's books, scientific illustration and other work.

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A spread from previous MPHIL in Visual Arts (Illustration) student, Louis Barnard's childrens book, "Wie is Dit?"

First year MPHIL in Visual Arts (Illustration) students will be exhibiting their work this coming Wednesday the 26th of January, 18:00 at the Department of Visual Arts at Stellenbosch University. Works include hand-bound children's books, botanical illustration, paleontological illustration (fossil drawings), entemological illustration (insect drawings) and hand-bound conceptual art books.

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CCIBA's bookbinding expert Helene van Aswegen hosting January workshop

Bookbinding expert Helene van Aswegen, previous host to the famous CCIBA Creative Workshop's Book-binding program at Stellenbosch University, will be hosting a new workshop for one weekend on the 15th and 16th of January.

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