Johannesburg Art Fair showcases African innovation
The Johannesburg Art Fair showcased artists, galleries and museum collections from across Africa.
The fourth annual fair, held from September 7 through 9, displayed work designed to provoke debate on Africa's pressing social issues.
As well as more traditional mediums for artists, the Johannesburg art fair included modern video and electronic installations. Flashing neon lights and sculpted glass heads attract the attention of the crowd.
But it is art inspired by Africa's socio-economic woes and political upheavals that attracts buzz among visitors.
A life-size elephant made from trash draws a steady stream of admirers who pose for pictures.
The pachyderm, with wire mesh to hold the plastic junk in place, is an example of how many African artists use everyday items to make art.
The winner of the 2012 FNB Art Prize is Zimbabwean artist, Kudzanai Chiurai.
Born in 1981 in Zimbabwe, Kudzanai Chiurai is an internationally acclaimed young artist now living and working in South Africa.
Boldly stencilled figures and anonymous text provide running commentary, leading viewers on a journey through his intricately painted turn-of-the century buildings, bustling streets and congested transit systems.