Lhola Amira: Abalozi Bayeza / Os Deuses Estão Chegando
From July 20 to August 31, 2019, SMAC Gallery is proud to present Abalozi Bayeza / Os Deuses Estão Chegando, an exhibition of recent work by South African film director Lhola Amira.
Amira was born in 1984 in Gugulethu, South Africa and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2017, she was awarded the AiRS (Artist in Residence Skövde Art Museum) residency in Skövde. Earlier residencies include participation at the Jiwar Creation and Society in Barcelona, Spain in 2015, and at Vasl Artists’ Collective in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2010.
Amira has made numerous solo appearances both locally and abroad. In 2017, the artist presented her solo show at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch titled, Looking for Ghana & The Red Suitcase as well as LAGOM: Breaking Bread with The Self-Righteous at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town. In addition, Lhola Amira made three appearances in Bloemfontein, South Africa, as part of her most recent project. Her short-film by the same title was selected for screening in Gothenburg; Sweden at the Götenborg Film Festival in early 2018. Lhola Amira was selected to present within the SOLO Section, curated by Nontobeko Ntombela, at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair in 2018, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa.
In 2018, Amira’s solo exhibition, ‘SINKING: Xa Sinqamla Unxubo‘, was hosted at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. An Appearance by the artist also took place in 2018 in The Powers of Emotions exhibition as part of a symposium at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France; and she was included in the 33rd São Paulo Biennial, Affective Affinities, curated by Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro. Amira was invited by Wura-Natasha Ogunji to present an ongoing appearance, which forms part of one of seven artist-curated projects proposed for the biennale. Amira also presented a talk alongside the screening of her films at the Goethe Institut in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil.
Most recently, her work was included in the group exhibition Present Passing: South by Southeast, an exhibition presented by OSAGE Gallery in Hong Kong, China, as well KUBATANA, at Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium in Vestfossen, Norway.
The artist is also looking forward to a solo presentation entitled BAYEZA naMAYEZA / De Kommer Med Medicin at the Skövde Konsthall & Konstmeséum in Skövde, Sweden later this year, as well as a solo exhibition, Abalozi Bayeza / Os Deuses Estão Chegando at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the year 2020, Amira will be one of the 33 artists, creatives and collectives who will participate in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), titled NIRIN, at the Art Gallery of NSW, Artspace, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Cockatoo Island, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the National Art School in Sydney.
Lhola Amira’s work forms part of numerous public and private collections such as the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), in Cape Town, South Africa; Skövde Konstshall, in Skövde Sweden; the Tiroche DeLeon Collection, Gibraltar; and the Iziko South African National Gallery, in Cape Town, South Africa.
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