Mail & Guardian | Stefanie Jason:


Funda college has cultivated generations of black artists. But today it is a shadow of its former proud self, bedevilled by a lack of funding.

It’s been 12 years since the death of artist Nhlanhla Xaba inside the printmaking studio he cofounded in Newtown, Johannesburg.

Not many detailed reports can be found online about how he died in a fire on March?9 2003.

But an A5 pamphlet for a current posthumous exhibition paints a picture of him falling asleep on a couch in the Artist Proof Studio before “a suspected electric short from a kettle” caused the blaze, which ripped through the studio and killed him…


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