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Imraan Christian: The Mystical Artist and Activist Transforming South Africa

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Imraan Christian, a versatile visual artist and dedicated activist from Cape Town, South Africa, is deeply rooted in his identity as a son of the soil. Mysticism serves as a unifying theme in his work, which spans various mediums and industries, showcasing a global approach to grass-root projects.

© Imraan Christian
© Imraan Christian

His name gained international recognition for impactful photojournalism during the Fees Must Fall student protests in 2015/2016. Shifting his focus to activism and grass-root projects, Imraan collaborated with renowned brands like Nike Golf, Highsnobiety, Adidas, and MTV in 2017, excelling in creative direction, photography, and filmmaking. Imraan's talents also extend to advertising and editorial work, creating compelling visuals for clients like UNICEF, CNN, BBC, Nike, and MTV.

© Imraan Christian
© Imraan Christian

Stepping boldly into the art world, Imraan has made a significant impact through his striking street art murals in Munich, Berlin, and Egypt. Another noteworthy occasion in his career was his well-received exhibition at the 2018 Cape Town Art Fair, presented alongside Everard Reed. Imraan's artistic endeavours continue to captivate audiences and leave an indelible mark on the global art scene. Showcasing work this year with ARTCO Gallery at the Latitude's inaugural RMB Art Fair in Johannesburg adds another exciting chapter to his artistic journey.

© Imraan Christian
© Imraan Christian

Imraan's mission centres on decolonisation and inspiring his native South Africa. His visual project, "Ma Se Kinders," draws from indigenous mysticism, introducing modern mythologies with powerful figures like gods, queens, and heroes. Through these tales, Imraan bridges the gap between the youth of South Africa's indigenous communities and their often-forgotten cultural heritage.

 

As more than just a photographer, Imraan Christian acts as a healer, reimagining and reconstructing a new mythology for South Africa's indigenous youth. His series "Ruh," meaning "soul" in Arabic, weaves together fragments of forgotten culture, giving life to a world of inspiring figures. Through his art, Imraan empowers and celebrates indigenous people, offering them a different perspective on their potential and worth. His creative vision serves as a beacon of hope, guiding the youth to embrace a mythology that embraces and honours their heritage.

 

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