noted.dialogues: The Podcast Episode 1 – Athi Patra Ruga

The Artist Athi Patra Ruga was born in East London in the Eastern Cape, and after years of living and working in Johannesburg and Cape Town, he has re-rooted himself in his home province. He spoke to us from the idyllic surroundings of Hogsback, a stone’s throw away from Alice, where one finds the famed Fort Hare University and the historic Lovedale Press.

In this episode he takes us through his current exhibition – Interior/Exterior/Dramatis/Personae – his childhood, his view of mentorship, creativity as an act of self affirmation and muses about the characters that have shaped his professional narrative over a 15-years career. We also delve into his activism for the endangered Lovedale Press -a place that hold innumerable treasures of the printed word – through his Victory Of the Word (VOW) fundraising campaign.

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