Nomusa Makhubu

Born in 1984 - South Africa


Nomusa Makhubu is an award winning artist and a respected academic. She is a full time lecturer at Michaelis School of Fine Art at University of Cape Town where she lectures art theory. Her personal work is lens based and she uses the medium of photography through which she explores issues of identity and particularly the sensitive issue of representation/self-representation.

Her acclaimed series, Self-Portrait Project alludes to the continued alienation and estrangement in an era where the focus is inclined toward self and individual identity as opposed to collective and communal life. One of the canonical meanings that Achille Mbembe (2002: 241) argues can be attributed to slavery and colonialism (as well as Apartheid) is dispossession, a process in which juridical and economic procedures have led to material expropriation.

Makhubu’s 2013 series The Flood has also received deserved critical acclaim. It marks a departure from her previous work, shifting from the personal to the public, from the performative to documentation. In 2015 she returned to an earlier practice of weaving with photography. Makhubu won her first award in 2006 with an entry of woven photographs. The her current series, In Living Colour she brings two geographical locations in one pictorial space to question the assumed universality and objectivity of time and place.

In November 2013, she was selected as one of fourteen female photographers from around the world invited to participate in the Semiha Es - Women Photographers International Symposium, in Istanbul, Turkey. Her paper, The Power and Terror of the Enactment of Collective Memory in Performative Photography commented directly on her own work, particularly the Self-Portrait Project series.

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AFiRIperFOMA Biennale, Lagos Nigeria 2015
START Art Fair, Solo Presentation,Saatchi Gallery, London 2015
Trek - Following Journeys Group exhibition Smac Gallery, Cape Town, 2015
Am I Not a Man and a Brother? Am I Not a Woman and a Sister? Group exhibition, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Washington 2015
Museum Biennale Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, 2014
Co-Existence Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town, 2014
Silk and Steel Galerie NOKO, Port Elizabeth, 2014
29th ABSA L’Atelier ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg, 2014
Twenty: Contemporary South African Art The Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA 2014
Dak’Art Biennale Senegal, 2014
Actuality & Illusions Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town 2014
Crossing the Divide Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town 2013
Cape Town Art Fair Cape Town 2013
Am I Not a Man and a Brother? Am I Not a Woman and a Sister? Group exhibition, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, USA 2013
Lagosian solo exhibition (in progress), Lagos 2013/14
Dali International Photography Exhibition China 2012
Re-Sampled Absa Art Gallery, Johannesburg 2012
Water Performance in collaboration with Injairu Kulundu, Grahamstown 2011
Dream Sweepers Artspace, Johannesburg 2010
No More Bad Girls Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna 2010
Photoquai Musee du Quai Branly, Paris 2009
Umahluko Cape ‘09, Cape Town 2009
The World Needs Us Centro Luigi di Sarro, Rome 2009
Iso Eliphandliwe Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Mbabane (Swaziland), Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town & Lesotho 2008
Hollywood, Nollywood & Bollywood Artspace, Johannesburg 2008
I Love Jozi *Gallery Béatrice Binoche: Reunion Island 2008
Construct Unisa Gallery: Pretoria, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum: Port Elizabeth and Settlers Monument: Grahamstown 2008
Four Tales Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg 2008
Glimpse Bean Bag Bohemia, Durban, 2008
3 Years ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg 2008
Art From The Ground Up Hanover and Kuoppio 2007 - 2011
Spier Contemporary Spier: Cape Town, Johannesburg Art Gallery: Johannesburg 2007
GlamourAid Johannesburg 2007
Jeune Creation Galerie Jeune Creation, Paris 2007
Contemporary Visions Of Southern Africa Exhibition Pretoria Museum, Pretoria 2007
Sasol New Signatures Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria 2007
Faces to Face Joint exhibition with Javier Maltos Galves, Internationale Cite Des Arts: Paris 2007
Positive Sun International/ Tapologo Aids Hospice Exhibition, Johannesburg 2006
Look At Me Artists for Humanity: Women Against Child Abuse Print Project, Billboard: Raglan Road, Grahamstown, 2006-2008
Brett Kebble Art Awards Exhibition, Johannesburg 2005
Eastern Cape Artists - Paper Works, National Arts Festival Grahamstown 2005

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