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Jan-Henri Booyens

Jared Ginsburg

Bronwyn Katz

Dorothee Kreutzfeldt

Donna Kukama

Herman Mbamba

Sabelo Mlangeni

Kyle Morland

Cinga Samson

Gerda Scheepers

James Webb

Pedro Wirz

Billie Zangewa

Turiya Magadlela

Working primarily with commonly found yet conceptually loaded fabrics, from pantyhose to correctional service uniforms, Turiya Magadlela (b.1978, Johannesburg, South Africa) creates abstract compositions by cutting, stitching, folding and stretching these materials across wooden frames. Her subject matter moves between articulations of personal experience of woman- and motherhood, and narratives from Black South African history.

Magadlela studied at the Funda Community College (1998), the University of Johannesburg (1999 – 2001), and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (2003-2004). She has had seven solo exhibitions to date, including at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2015. Most recently, she presented Wabona lapho isifebe, wangena kuso at blank projects in 2017.

She has participated in numerous group exhibitions, both locally and internationally, including Blue Black, curated by Glenn Ligon (Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2017), Simple Passion, Complex Vision: The Darryl Atwell Collection (Gantt Centre, 2017), The Past is Present (Jack Shainman Gallery, 2017), Les jour qui vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi (Galerie des Galeries, 2017), Blackness in Abstraction (Pace Gallery, 2016) and The Quiet Violence of Dreams (Stevenson, 2016). In 2015, she was awarded the prestigious FNB Art Prize.

Magadlela lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.


curriculum vitae

1978 Born Johannesburg, South Africa



2003 – 2004 Post-graduate Research Study, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Netherlands

1999 – 2001 National Diploma of Fine Arts, University of Johannesburg

1998 Certificate in Fine Arts, Funda Community College, Johannesburg

1997 Matriculated from the National School of the Arts, Johannesburg


solo exhibitions

2017 Wabona lapho isifebe, wangena kuso, blank projects, Cape Town

2015 Impilo ka Lova, blank projects, Cape Town

2015 Kaffersheet, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015 Imihuzuko (for the FNB Art Prize),  FNB Joburg Art Fair

2012 Everybody knows uFeela, blank projects, Cape Town

2003 Young Artist Award, Goethe Institute, Johannesburg

2001 – 2002 Activate Architects, Johannesburg


selected group exhibitions

2019 Material Insanity, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) Marrakech, Morocco

2018 Jean-François Prat Prize, Bredin Prat Foundation, Paris

2018 blankGalerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

2018 More for less, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa

2017 17, blank projects, Cape Town

2017, A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

2017 Looking Back, Moving Forward, Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa

2017 Blue Black, curated by Glenn Ligon, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis MO

2017 Simple Passion, Complex Vision: The Darryl Atwell Collection, Gantt Centre, Charlotte NC

2017 The Past is Present, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

2017 Les jour qui vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Galerie des Galeries, Paris

2016 Blackness in Abstraction, Pace Gallery, New York

2016 The Quiet Violence of Dreams , Stevenson, Johannesburg

2016 3 881 days, blank lab, Cape Town

2016 Figure, blank projects, Cape Town

2015 Furniture: a sculpture exhibition, blank projects, Cape Town

2015 Back to the Future II: Abstract Art in South Africa: Past & Present, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch

2014 The Poetry In Between: South-South, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

2014 next thing you know, blank projects, Cape Town

2014 Half-devil and half-child, blank projects, Cape Town

2013 This is the thing, blank projects, Cape Town

2013 blank projects in Johannesburg, Ithuba Arts Gallery, Johannesburg

2013 Weerberig / Weather report, curated by Luan Nel, Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom

2012 When Form Becomes Attitude, blank projects, Cape Town

2006 De Grote Oversteek, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2004 Rijksakademie Open Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2001 – 2002 Activate Architects, Johannesburg

2001 ABSA L ‘Atelier Exhibition, Johannesburg

2001 Museum Africa, Johannesburg

2001 Generator’s Art Space, Arts Alive, Johannesburg


awards, stipends, fellowships and residencies

2015 FNB Joburg Art Prize

2004 – 2005 Residency, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten

2004 – 2005 Dutch Ministry of Arts and Culture

2004 National Arts Council of South Africa

2003 – 2004 National Ministry of Arts Culture, Science and Technology, South Africa

2003 Goethe Institut and Johannesburg Art Gallery Young Artist Award

2002 ABSA L’Atelier, selected as Top 100 Best National Artists


selected publications, essays + reviews

2019 Vitamin T: Threads and Textiles in Contemporary Art , Phaidon Press, UK.

2017, ‘Turiya Magadlela selected by Sue Williamson, 2018 Future Greats‘ by Sue Williamson, Art Review

2015, ‘In Conversation with Turiya Magadlela’ by Chad Roussouw, Art Throb

2015 ‘Art born of shared pain and pantyhose’ by Stefanie Jason, Mail & Guardian

2015 ‘Artist Showcase: Remaking the Material World’  by Mary Corrigall, The Times

2015 ‘Sheets of Imprisonment: Turiya Magadlela’s Kaffersheet by Mpho Moshe Matheolane, Art Throb

2015 ‘FNB JoburgArtFair: Art Prize Winner, Turiya Magadlela talks working from the inside out’ by Layla Leiman, Between 10 and 5