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                                                4 ARTISTS YOU

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          The 2016 curator of the Joburg Art Fair   and sexuality.             New Contemporaries Award in 2010
          and the curator of the South African      Raised by Christian grandparents in   and the Tollman Award for the Visual
          Pavillion at the 2017 Venice Biennale lists   a community racially classified under   Arts in 2012. He was one of two young
          her top four artists to know right now.   apartheid as ‘coloured’ he is an observant   artists awarded the 15th Baloise Art Prize
                                            but liberal Muslim who occupies a   at Art Basel in 2013 and won the first
          Virginia Chihota                  precarious place within his community   International Tiberius Art Award Dresden
          Born in Zimbabwe in 1983, Virginia   because of his homosexuality.   in 2014. In 2015 he became the Standard
          Chihota now lives and works in       As such, the quiet activism of   Bank Young Artist for Visual Arts in 2015
          Podgorica, Montenegro. She graduated   Adams's work speaks to his experiences   and this  year he is the Deutsche Bank's
          in Fine Arts from the National Art   of racial, religious and sexual liminality,   'Artist of the Year'. Borne in 1984 in Cape
          Gallery Studios in Harare in 2006 and   while breaking with the strong   Town, he  has a BA Fine Arts degree
          represented Zimbabwe at the 55th   representational convention found in   from the University of the Witwatersrand
          Venice Biennale in 2013 where she was   recent South African art. He uses the   (2011) and has exhibited at the Deutsche
          awarded the Prix Canson, a prize which   material and formal iconographies of   Bank KunstHalle (2017), the Art Institute
          recognises international emerging artists   Islam and ‘coloured’ culture to develop   of Chicago (2016); Gasworks, London
          working with paper, in the same year.   a more equivocal, phenomenological   (2015); Lombard Freid Projects, New York
             Her recent exhibitions include:   approach towards these concerns and   (2013); the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg
          Vienna Academy of Fine Arts (2017);   offers a novel, affective view of cultural   (2011). His work has been part of group
          Muséum d’hHistoire naturelle, Le Havre   hybridity.                  shows at the Venice Biennale and the
          (2016); Goodman Gallery, Cape Town      “Initially I grappled with   New Museum in New York (2012).
          (2015); Saatchi Gallery (2015); Kunsthalle   deconstructing my hybrid identity,” he      He realizes his performances,
          Faust, Hannover (2014); Neuer Berliner   says. “I was focusing on my multicultural,   videos, installations, and chalk drawings,
          Kunstverein (2014); and the Lyon   religious and sexual identities in   which are based on extensive research
          Biennale (2011). Her work is represented   relation to the domestic and political   as a solo artist whilst continuing with
          in collections including Tate, the National   environments in which they were formed,   collaborative work. This includes the
          Gallery of Zimbabwe, Deutsche Bank and   hoping to understand the conflict I was   Gugulective, an artist-led collective based
          Saatchi Gallery.                  experiencing. My focus has since shifted   in Cape Town, and he is also a founding
             For an interview with the Financial   to wanting to know more about the self   member of the Center for Historical Re-
          Times ahead of her solo show at   from a multidimensional, universal and   enactments in Johannesburg.
          Tiwani Contemporary in London she   mystical position. Doing and undoing,      In South Africa he is represented by
          told Virginia Blackburn that she needs   pushing and pulling, employing restraint   Stevenson Gallery.                                                                                                     Top Left and
          to explore the darkness to get to the   while at the same time being open to                                                                                                                               bottom: Kemang Wa
          light. “In my work I have the space   discovering new elements of beauty                                                                                                              Lehulere courtesy of
          and freedom to ask questions, offer   through playful experimentation, all                                                                                                                                 Stevenson Gallery.
          suggestions and ask for forgiveness,”   of this allows me as the artist to insert                                                                                                                          Top right: Viginia
          she said. “I want to nurture the love and   my personal inquiry into the work. My   Santu Mofokeng                                                                                                         Chihota, ndiana
          respect that seems to have frozen and to   aim has always been to question and   The New York Times has called him a                                                                                       achamira neni
          free the massive tension that holds us.”  challenge boundaries in a sensitive way."   legend and inspiration and his work
                                               Adams is represented by Blank   has been the subject of a series of                                                                                                   muimba yekugadzira
                  Projects in Cape Town, and has shown in   Steidl volumes as well as exhibitions                                                                                          chikafu? (who will
                                            Amsterdam, Paris and Sweden.       the world over.  Born in 1956, the former                                                                                             stand with me
                                                                               photo-journalist has been awarded an                                                                                                  in the house of
          Igshaan Adams                         honorary doctorate from Wits. Today, his                                                                                              making food?)
          Igshaan Adams was born in 1982                                       work is known for a certain reflection on                                                                                             2016, screenprint
          in Cape Town. Combining aspects                                      a spiritual and nuanced life. However,                                                                                                on paper, 186 x 114
          of performance, weaving, sculpture   Kemang Wa Lehulere              throughout his twenty-plus year                                                                                                       cm. Courtesy of the
          and installation that draw upon his   Kemang Wa Lehulere was the winner of   career there have been times when his                                                                                         artist and Tiwani
          upbringing, his cross-disciplinary practice   the inaugural Spier Contemporary prize   photographs have provided a unique eye                                                                              Contemporary.
          is an ongoing investigation into hybrid   in 2007 and between then and now has   opener to a world under apartheid. And
          identity, particularly in relation to race   won a slew of awards, including the MTN   the years following.

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