artists

Abdoulaye Konaté

Born in Mali, 1953

Abdoulaye Konaté
Papillon, 2016
Mixed media on textile
232 x 261 cm

Abdoulaye Konaté studied painting at the Institut National des Arts in Bamako, and later at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana, Cuba, where he lived for seven years before returning to Mali.

In his work, Konaté combines different media bringing ancestralism to contemporary art. Through textile or raw-materials such as sand, Konaté draws on the traditions from Mali, his home-country, as a way of reflecting on subjects such as spirituality, politics and collective consciousness.

Alexandra Karakashian

Born in South Africa, 1988

Alexandra Karakashian
Conditions Towards VIII, 2019
Mixed media on paper with tape
153 x 104 x 7 cm

Alexandra Karakashian’s work stems from her personal and family history and reflects on current issues of exile and migration. Employing used engine oil and salt as a medium for painting, she engages in ecological discussions and the unethical seizing of rapidly dwindling natural resources, particularly on a resourceful continent such as Africa. Furthermore, Karakashian investigates notions of mourning – both of an individual and collective nature – and the lamentation of the loss of land and of those who have been ‘unhomed’.

António Ole

Born in Angola, 1951

António Ole
Untitled, 2003
Mixed media on canvas
100 x 80 x 5 cm
António Ole
IV, 2019
Mixed media on paper
75 x 56.5 cm
António Ole
V, 2019
Mixed media on paper
75 x 56.5 cm
António Ole
Untitled, 1985
Oil on canvas
122 x 121.5 x 5 cm
António Ole
Figura Masculina I
Mixed media on paper
77 x 53 x 1 cm
António Ole
Figura Masculina II
Mixed media on paper
77 x 53 x 1 cm

António Ole is interested in traditional art to develop a contemporary discourse directly related to his time and experiences. The elements used by the artist in his works mainly tend to evoke the colonial period, slavery, war, destruction, the human nature, and the ability to resist and survive. As an artist, António Ole stood out for his sculptures inspired by the murals of the Tchokwe people, located east of the country, and for his contemporary paintings that incorporate many popular elements, making him one of the strongest international figures that elevate Angolan culture.

Buhlebezwe Siwani

Born in South Africa, 1987

Buhlebezwe Siwani
Inkanyamba, 2020
Mixed media on canvas
150 x 150 cm
Buhlebezwe Siwani
Inkanyamba, 2020
Mixed media on canvas
150 x 150 cm

Buhlebezwe Siwani works predominantly with performance and installation. Her work has been described as “revealing” and “political”, covering topics of black femininity and spirituality, through the interrogation of the patriarchal framing of the black female body and black female experience within the South African context.

Dawit L. Petros

Born in Eritreia, 1972

Dawit L. Petros
Untitled (Epilogue II), Catania, Italy, 2016
Archival pigment print
76,2 x 95,3 cm
Ed. 3/3 + 1AP

Dawit L. Petros’ work is informed by studies of global modernisms, theories of diaspora, and postcolonial studies. Throughout the past decade, he has focused on a critical re-reading of the entanglements between colonialism and modernity.

Dimakatso Mathopa

Born in South Africa, 1995

Dimakatso Mathopa
Individual Beings Relocated (Moving I), 2023
Gouache Paint on Acetate
61 x 41 cm
Dimakatso Mathopa
Individual Beings Relocated (Moving III), 2023
Gouache Paint on Acetate
61 x 41 cm
Dimakatso Mathopa
Individual Beings Relocated (Moving VIII), 2023
Gouache Paint on Acetate
61 x 41 cm

"My work looks at the representations of black women in a colonial context and explores how the colonial gaze has been subverting their portrayal. The depictions of black subjects throughout history have been instrumental in building the present stereotypes that stand out vividly in the representations of black women in South Africa today."

Edson Chagas

Born in Angola, 1977

Edson Chagas
John S. Chikere, Tipo Passe, 2019
C-print
100 x 80 cm
3/5 + 2 AP
Edson Chagas
Oikonomos (EC- S2A4530), 2018
C-print
100 x 80 cm
5/5 + 2 AP

Edson Chagas is one of the most iconic African contemporary photographers. Based between Luanda and Lisbon, Chagas holds a degree in photojournalism from the London College of Communication and studied documentary photography at the University of Wales, Newport. In 2013, he represented Angola at the country’s first Venice Biennale national pavilion. He was the recipient of the Golden Lion Award for Best National Pavilion.

Ernest Mancoba

South Africa, 1904

Ernest Mancoba
Untitled, 1968
Watercolor on paper
40.5 x 29.5 cm

Ernest Mancoba's work represents a unique synthesis of modern European art and African spirit. His goal was to bring to European art his deep understanding of African culture, represented by the frequently appearing totems in his drawings and paintings that reflect the umuntu philosophy.

Felix Shumba

Born in Zimbabwe, 1989

Felix Shumba
Charred Still Life #5, 2023
Charcoal and oil pastel drawing on fabriano paper
42 x 59,4 cm

Shumba is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice encompasses drawing, painting, video, text, and installation work. His work attempts at deconstructing spaces (real or imagined)—which he describes as Fold Fields Space (FFS). These are sites generally characterized and haunted by death, trauma, tension, restraint, psychic terror, ecological damage and use of the military as an apparatus of control.

Fernando Alvim

Born in Angola, 1963

Fernando Alvim
The Culture of Politics, 2006
Acrylic on canvas
190 x 190 x 3 cm

Frida Orupabo

Born in Norway, 1986

Frida Orupabo
Discipline, 2022
Collage with paper pins
58 x 100 cm

Frida Orupabo is an artist and sociologist. Orupabo creates collages that take the shape of fragmented black female figures, exploring questions of race, sexuality, identity, and representation. Her research is grounded in her own experience of cultural belonging. Her artistic practice is divided into two formats that complement each other: an Instagram page entitled @nemiepeba, where she carefully curates a selection of reference imagery, archival images related to black culture in general, and large-scale collages.

Grada Kilomba

Born in Portugal, 1968

Grada Kilomba
Illusions Vol. I, Narcissus and Echo, 2017
Two-chanel video installation, HD, colour,sound
30' 38''
3/5
Grada Kilomba
Illusions Vol. II, Oedipus, 2018
Two-chanel video installation, HD, colour,sound
45' 26''
2/5
Grada Kilomba
Illusions Vol. III, Antigone, 2019
Two-chanel video installation, HD, colour,sound
52' 38''
1/5

Grada Kilomba’s interdisciplinary practice addresses memory, trauma, and gender interrogating concepts of knowledge, power, violence and the creation of narratives. Kilomba uses performance, staged readings, video, installation and sound pieces as a conduit for her very particular practice of storytelling. Inspired by the griots and using theatrical methods, she subversively translates text into images, sound and movement, using a hybrid language that oscillates between academic, poetic and lyric, creating a bodily experience for her own critical writing.

Hank Willis Thomas

Born in United States of America, 1976

Hank Willis Thomas
Zero Hour, 2012
C-Print and plexi with Lumisty film
102.87 x 457.2 x 5 cm
1/3 + 2 AP

Hank Willis Thomas is a conceptual artist whose work explores themes related to perspective, racial identity, commodity, media and popular culture. Appropriating a range of industrial materials, such as retroreflective vinyl, he challenges both conceptual and physical perspectives. Thomas employs recognized icons to explore how they reinforce generalizations surrounding race, gender, and ethnicity.

Helena Uambembe

Born in South Africa, 1994

Helena Uambembe
And the crowd looked up and they saw her, black and bright. Swallowing the sun as she rises, 2023
Oil on canvas and thread
123 x 153 cm

Hicham Benohoud

Born in Morocco, 1968

Hicham Benohoud
Untitled, 2018
Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminium
100 x 150 cm
3/5 + 2AP
Hicham Benohoud
Untitled, 2018
Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminium
60 x 90 cm
2/5 + 2AP
Hicham Benohoud
Untitled, 2018
Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminium
60 x 90 cm
3/5 + 2AP

Benohoud began his artistic journey with self-portrait photography, a medium he continues to practice, expanding his current process to incorporate mixed and new media. Humour, surrealism, performativity and self-deprecation staged in unexpected modes, are recurring elements in his work.

Ihosvanny (Angel Cisneros)

Born in Angola, 1975

Ihosvanny (Angel Cisneros)
Renault, 2006
Acrylic on canvas
200 x 200 x 3 cm
Ihosvanny (Angel Cisneros)
Untitled, 2006
Acrylic on canvas
100 x 150 x 3 cm

Januário Jano

Born in Angola, 1979

Januário Jano
Mponda, 2017
Mixed media on fabric
198 x 366 x 4 cm
Januário Jano
Ilundu, (1/24), 2017
Inkjet print on paper
144 x 150 x 3 cm
1/2 + AP
Januário Jano
Musseke, 2017
Inkjet print on 100% cotton fine art paper embroidered cloth
45 x 32 x 2 cm
1/2 + AP

His multidisciplinary research comprises painting, textile, performance, sound installation, video and photography, allowing him to develop relevant bodies of works and work rituals Januario Jano explores the opposing notions of modern pop culture and traditional practices through different media. The chosen media are part of a more articulate vocabulary used by the artist to create his grammar.

Joël Andrianomearisoa

Born in Madagascar, 1977

Joël Andrianomearisoa
Humeur Noire, 2007
Textile
200 x 100 x 2 cm
Joël Andrianomearisoa
Labyrinth of Passion, 2017/2018
Textile
120 x 70 cm

Andrianomearisoa has participated in a number of group shows, including Africa Remix, Rencontres Africaine de la Photographie in Bamako (2009); the Havana Biennale (2006); The progress of love, Menil Collection, Houston (2012); and Divine Comedy (2014) among others.

Keyezua

Born in Angola, 1988

Keyezua
Royal Generation I, 2016
Giclée print on paper
84.1 x 118.9 cm
3/5 + AP
Keyezua
Royal Generation II, 2016
Giclée print on paper
84.1 x 118.9 cm
3/5 + AP
Keyezua
Royal Generation III, 2016
Giclée print on paper
84.1 x 118.9 cm
3/5 + AP

The art of Keyezua addresses individual stories, expressed in films, paintings, poems and sculptures. She believes that an African artist can only break the epidemic stigmatized and prejudiced image on Africa through the media, breaking the silence and traditionalist stereotypes.

Kiluanji Kia Henda

Born in Angola, 1979

Kiluanji Kia Henda
Icarus 13, The first journey to the Sun, 2007
Installation (8 photographs, model and text)
Variable dimensions
2/3 + 1 AP
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Concreto Blues, 2019
Inkjet print on paper
360 x 120 x 5 cm
2/5 + 1 AP
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Fachada Kamanga #4, 2014
Inkjet print on matte paper
90 x 60 cm
2/3 + 1 AP
Kiluanji Kia Henda
The Ministry (from the Building Series III), 2014
Inkjet print on paper
100 x 200 x 5 cm
4/5 + 1 AP
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Untitled, 2005
Inkjet print on paper
80 x 130 x 3 cm
1/3 + 1 AP
Kiluanji Kia Henda
Fachada, 2005
Inkjet print on canvas
80 x 130 x 3 cm
1/3 + 1 AP

Kiluanji Kia Henda employs a surprising sense of humour in his work, which often hones in on themes of identity, politics, and perceptions of postcolonialism and modernism in Africa.

Kiripi Katembo

Born in Congo, 1979

Kiripi Katembo
Rester, 2012
Gelatin silver print mounted on aluminium
120 x 180 cm
1/2

Evincing a strong poetic and aesthetic sensibility, his work blurs the boundaries between the formalities of painting and photography. Katembo’s mirroring technique, best visualised in his photographic series Un regard (2008-2009), captures vignettes of Kinshasa’s streets in the reflections of puddles. His photographs and short films address the economic and political realities of the capital, yet produce moments of intense serenity.

Malangatana

Born in Mozambique, 1936

Malangatana
Figuras, 1984
Indian ink on paper
45.5 x 30 x 1 cm

Mónica de Miranda

Born in Portugal, 1976

Mónica de Miranda
Karl Marx Cinema, 2017
Inkjet print on paper
100 x 249 x 8 cm
4/5 + 1 AP
Mónica de Miranda
Twins, from the series Cinema Karl Marx and Plateau, 2017
Inkjet print on paper
60 x 156 x 3 cm
4/5 + 1 AP
Mónica de Miranda
Lost paradise, 2016
Intervention on inkjet print on paper
220 x 130 cm
2/2 + 2 AP
Mónica de Miranda
South Circular, 2019
Video
HD video, sound, 22'57''
2/2

Mónica de Miranda works in an interdisciplinary way with drawing, installation, photography, film, video and sound, in its expanded forms and in the boundaries between fiction and documentary.

Moshekwa Langa

Born in South Africa, 1975

Moshekwa Langa
Naboomspruit, 2017
Mixed media on paper
162 x 122 cm

Stemming from an itinerant life in Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris; and his contrasting experiences of growing up in South Africa, the artist interrogates his own position by embracing almost every artistic medium. Through painting, video, drawing, installation, sculpture and photography, he creates an ongoing index of items and observations.

Mounir Fatmi

Born in Morocco, 1970

Mounir Fatmi
Circle 07, 2012
Coaxial antenna cables, staples, plexicase
70 x 70 x 3 cm

His videos, installations, drawings, paintings and sculptures bring to light our doubts, fears and desires.
By using materials such as antenna cable, typewriters and VHS tapes, Mounir Fatmi elaborates an experimental archeology that questions the world and the role of the artist in a society in crisis. He twists its codes and precepts through the prism of a trinity comprising Language, Architecture and Machine. Thus, he questions the limits of language and communication while reflecting upon these obsolescent materials and their uncertain future.

Pascale Marthine Tayou

Born in Cameroon, 1967

Pascale Marthine Tayou
Human Being @Work, 2010
Collage on paper
144 x 196 x 3 cm

His work is characterized by its variability, since he confines himself in his artistic work neither to one medium nor to a particular set of issues. While his themes may be various, they all use the artist himself as a person as their point of departure.

Pascoal Viegas Vilhete

Born in São Tomé and Príncipe

Pascoal Viegas Vilhete (Sum Canarim)
Antigo Cirurgião Curandeiro, 1964
Mixed media on paper
49 x 64 x 2 cm
Pascoal Viegas Vilhete (Sum Canarim)
Tragédia do Marquês de Mantua denominada Tchilôly, 1964
Mixed media on paper
49 x 64 x 2 cm

René Tavares

Born in São Tomé and Príncipe, 1983

René Tavares
Donas de Plantação, 2022
Mixed media on canvas
160 x 200 cm

Sandra Poulson

Born in Angola, 1995

Sandra Poulson
Grade I, 2022
Cotton drill fabric, hardener, aluminium wire, eyelets
251 x 209 cm
2/2
Sandra Poulson
Hope as a PraxisHope as a Praxis Fossil X of XVII, 2021
Chair made of fabric and hardner, flattened between acrylic
Variable dimensions
1/2
Sandra Poulson
Hope as a Praxis Fossil XI of XVII, 2021
Chair made of fabric and hardner, flattened between acrylic
Variable dimensions
1/2

Teresa Kutala Firmino

Born in South Africa, 1993

Teresa Kutala Firmino
Restrained History, 2019
Técnica mista sobre tela
80 x 110 x 3 cm
Teresa Kutala Firmino
Disclosed Narrative, 2019
Técnica mista sobre tela
80 x 110 x 3 cm
Teresa Kutala Firmino
Even the darkness is not dark to me, the night is as bright as the day, 2023
Mixed media on canvas
76 x 76 cm

Firmino’s present narrative is contained in a broader theme that enquires into history. “History as presented is often biased and one-sided, so to get a better understanding I reimagine my past in this so-called truth.” Personal memories and historical events are combined and presented in interior scenes that present themselves as both possibilities and invitations to reimagine history.

William Kentridge

Born in South Africa, 1955

William Kentridge
Mosaic trials (cat), 2009
Mosaic in marbles, stones and grès on wood board
100 x 130 cm

While his practice, expressionist in nature, is entirely underpinned by drawing, constructed by filming a drawing, making erasures and alterations, and filming it again, his method combines studio-based and collaborative practices to create artworks that draw on politics, science, literature and history, and maintain a space for contradiction and uncertainty.

Yinka Shonibare

Born in United Kingdom, 1962

Yinka Shonibare
Earth Kid (Girl) III, 2021
Fibreglass mannequin
124 x 56 x 85 cm
Yinka Shonibare
Material VI, 2018
Hand painted bronze
67 x 99 x 76 cm

Over the past decade, he has become well known for his exploration of colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. Working in painting, sculpture, photography, film and installation, Shonibare’s work examines race, class and the construction of cultural identity through incisive political commentary on the tangled interrelationship between Africa and Europe, and their respective economic and political histories.

Yonamine

Born in Angola, 1975

Yonamine
Untitled, ...
Mixed media on paper
62 x 48 x 3 cm
Yonamine
Untitled, 2008
Serigraphy on acrylic
100 x 70 x 1 cm
Yonamine
Wash I, 2008
Mixed media on canvas
200 x 200 x 4 cm
Yonamine
Wash II, 2008
Mixed media on canvas
200 x 200 x 3 cm
Yonamine
ECOPOP_M_18, 2009
Mixed media on canvas
140 x 200 x 3 cm
Yonamine
Terreno ocupado #2, 2006
Mixed media on canvas
220 x 220 x 3 cm
Yonamine
Suduko #2, 2006
Mixed media on canvas
100 x 80 x 3 cm

Yonamine’s prolific and diverse artistic practice includes painting, drawing, graffiti, photography, video, and other media, such as tattooing and body art. His multimedia installations are both personal diaries and explorations of African history and politics.

Zanele Muholi

Born in South Africa, 1972

Zanele Muholi
Zazi I, ISGM, Boston, 2019
Silver gelatin print on paper
60 x 56 cm
3/8 + 2 AP

Zanele is a visual artist and activist that works with photography, video and installation media. Muholi's work focuses on race, gender and sexuality, with a wide range of production linked to black lesbians, gays, transgender and intersex people.

Zoulikha Bouabdellah

Born in Russia, 1977

Zoulikha Bouabdellah
Afrita Hanem - Dentelle IV, 2016
Indian ink on paper
70 x 74 x 5 cm
Zoulikha Bouabdellah
Afrita Hanem - Dentelle V, 2016
Indian ink on paper
70 x 74 x 5 cm
Zoulikha Bouabdellah
Afrita Hanem - Dentelle VI, 2016
Indian ink on paper
70 x 74 x 5 cm

Zoulikha Bouabdellah’s works -through installation, drawing, video and photography- deal with the effects of globalization and question their depictions with humour and subversion.