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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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