TURIYA MAGADLELA

BIOGRAPHY

TURIYA MAGADLELA
(b. 1978, Johannesburg, South Africa)

Turiya Magadlela’s work balances politically charged narratives with exquisite aesthetic. Through the stitching, layering and collaging of commonly found objects, such as correctional uniforms and pantyhose, Magadlela creates powerful, original art pieces. Magadlela explains, ‘I make my work from my personal life experiences. I don’t make social or political commentary. Should my work seem or look political, that makes me happy. I always want to leave it open to the viewer’s personal interpretation, and I find that talking about a work you made or writing about it narrows down the meaning that it is supposed to have.’

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.

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, Magadlela was awarded the prestigious FNB Art Prize.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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

2015
Impilo ka Lova, blank projects, Cape Town
Kaffersheet, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
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

2001-02
Activate Architects, Johannesburg
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
 
2020
Against Interpretation, Everard Read, London, UK

2019
Material Insanity, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden (MACAAL) Marrakech, Morocco
Jean-François Prat Prize, Bredin Prat Foundation, Paris
blank, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin
More for less, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa

2017
17, blank projects, Cape Town
A Painting Today, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
Looking Back, Moving Forward, Constitutional Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa
Blue Black, curated by Glenn Ligon, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St Louis MO
Simple Passion, Complex Vision: The Darryl Atwell Collection, Gantt Centre, Charlotte NC
The Past is Present, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Les jour qui vient, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Galerie des Galeries, Paris

2016
Blackness in Abstraction, Pace Gallery, New York
The Quiet Violence of Dreams, Stevenson, Johannesburg
3 881 days, blank lab, Cape Town
Figure, blank projects, Cape Town

2015
Furniture: a sculpture exhibition, blank projects, Cape Town
Back to the Future II: Abstract Art in South Africa: Past & Present, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch
Furniture, blank projects, Cape Town

2014
The Poetry In Between: South-South, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
next thing you know, blank projects, Cape Town
Half-devil and half-child, blank projects, Cape Town

2013
This is the thing, blank projects, Cape Town
blank projects in Johannesburg, Ithuba Arts Gallery, Johannesburg
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

2001-02
Activate Architects, Johannesburg

2001
ABSA L ‘Atelier Exhibition, Johannesburg
Museum Africa, Johannesburg
Generator’s Art Space, Arts Alive, Johannesburg

AWARDS, STIPENDS, FELLOWSHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

2015
FNB Joburg Art Prize

2004-05
Residency, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten
Dutch Ministry of Arts and Culture

2004
National Arts Council of South Africa

2003-04
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 ESSAYS + REVIEWS

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
‘Art born of shared pain and pantyhose,’ by Stefanie Jason, Mail & Guardian
‘Artist Showcase: Remaking the Material World,’ by Mary Corrigall, The Times
‘Sheets of Imprisonment: Turiya Magadlela’s Kaffersheet‘, by Mpho Moshe Matheolane, Art Throb
‘FNB JoburgArtFair: Art Prize Winner, Turiya Magadlela talks working from the inside out’ by Layla Leiman, Between 10 and 5
 
EDUCATION

2003- 04
Post-graduate Research Study, Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten, Netherlands

1999 -01
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