Mawande Ka Zenzile: Udludlilali
Ongoing at Stevenson, Cape Town is Udludlilali, a solo exhibition by Mawande Ka Zenzile, his sixth with the gallery.
Udludlilali follows the artist’s solo focus at the Cape Town Art Fair in February, his presentation at the 2019 Venice Biennale as part of the South African Pavilion exhibition, titled The Stronger We Become, and his three-month residency at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris.
Ka Zenzile was born in Lady Frere, Eastern Cape, in 1986. He has an MA Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. He won the Tollman Award for Visual Art in 2014 and the Michaelis Prize in 2013.
Ka Zenzile has held six solo exhibitions at Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg (2013-18), in addition to Autobiography of Mawande Ka Zenzile: Iingcuka ezombethe iimfele zeegusha at VANSA, Cape Town (2011), and Crawling Nation at the AVA Gallery, Cape Town (2009). Group exhibitions include Matereality, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2020); Tell Freedom. 15 South African Artists at Kunsthal KAde (2018); Looking after Freedom at the Michaelies Galleries, Cape Town (2017); I Love You Sugar Kane (2016) and Material Matters: New Art from Africa (2015) at the ICA Indian Ocean, Port Louis, Mauritius; Between the Lines at the Michaelis Galleries (2013); Umahluko at Lookout Hill (as part of Cape 09) and X Marks the Spot at the AVA (2008).
Ka Zenzile has completed residencies at the Nafasi Art Space, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2014) and in Norway in 2008 as part of the Abazobi project, organised by the Arkivet Foundation and the Robben Island Museum. Ka Zenzile has been a regular participant in academic conferences including Between the Lines, Michaelis School of Fine Art and Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig (2013); The Exuberant Project, Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, University of Cape Town (2012) and Thinking Africa + Diaspora Differently at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town (2011). Many of these projects have been accompanied by his performances.
Mawande Ka Zenzile: Udludlilali runs at Stevenson Cape Town until 27 June 2020. Viewing by appointment from 1 June.
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