“What is my Culpability as a White South African? How do I Atone for these Sins?”: Ralph Ziman

On Art and Aesthetics

Born in Johannesburg in 1963, Los Angeles-based South African artist Ralph Ziman is motivated by a sense of social responsibility towards global politics. Using imagery that is at once vivid and dark, he comments on serious issues such as life under apartheid, the arms trade and trophy hunting. 

Ralph’s work has been the subject of several solo exhibitions, at Joseph Gross Gallery in Tuscon, AZ, and C.A.V.E. Gallery in Venice, CA, as well as group exhibitions at the National Gallery in Cape Town, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in Brooklyn, NY, and the FNP Art Fair in Johannesburg. His practice is interdisciplinary and extends across a variety of media, including film, photography, public intervention, sculpture and installation. 

In this short interview, Ralph tells us more about his background and how it informs his projects…

Ralph Ziman

You mention that you are committed to “salvaging and manipulating historical materials related…

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