Igshaan Adams’ (b.1982, Cape Town) lives and works in Cape Town. His most recent solo shows are Parda at blank projects (2015) and Please Remember as part of his residency at Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam (2015). Adams’ work investigates hybrid identity, particularly in relation to race and sexuality. It also draws upon the psychological and physical elements of his domestic environment. An observant but liberal Muslim raised by Christian grandparents, Adams uses the material and formal iconographies of Islam and ‘coloured’ culture to develop a more equivocal, phenomenological approach towards these concerns.
Catherine Anyango (b.1982, Nairobi) studied at St Martins and the Royal College of Art followed by an MA in English Literature at UCL. Using film, sculpture and mise-en-scène devices to reconstruct physical environments that are disrupted by psychological, intangible phenomena, her current projects look at the emotional manifestations of crime and guilt upon public and private space. Anyango lives and works in London.
Jared Ginsburg (b. 1985, Cape Town) lives and works in Cape Town, and graduated with a BFA from the University of Cape Town in 2010. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions, locally and internationally, and has had three solo exhibitions at blank. Ginsburg’s practice encompasses a range of sculptural, conceptual, and formal concerns, and his work is a continuation of his experimentation with the artefacts and remnants of the studio space and the artistic process, allowing these usually implicit elements, to be seen in the finished work.
Bronwyn Katz (b.1993, Kimberley) obtained a BAFA from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2015. Tackling issues of identity and family heritage, she works across disciplines, in sculpture, installation, video and performance. Katz lives and works in Cape Town.
Bonolo Kavula (b. 1992, Bloemfontein) lives and works in Cape Town. In 2014, she graduated with a BFA at the University of Cape Town. She is concerned with the artistic process, enacting intricate, detailed, and repetitive mark-making onto pieces of cloth and animal hide, which she cuts up and reconstructs into large wall-based objects. Kavula lives and works in Cape Town.
Turiya Magadlela (b.1978, Johannesburg) lives and works in Soweto. She has had two solo exhibitions at blank, as well as one at the Johannesburg Art Gallery in 2015, when she also won the 2015 FNB Art prize. She uses loaded, yet common, fabrics, like pantyhose and correctional service sheeting to create formally stringent abstract compositions. In her most recent works, she delves into colour.
Herman Mbamba (b.1980, Gibeon, Namibia) obtained his MFA from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo, Norway in 2008. He uses intense colour in varying degrees of opacity and broad brushstrokes to create paintings which are imbued with the dynamism and emotional impact of abstract expressionism, though his works often sway between the abstract and the figurative. Mbamba lives and works in Norway