Turiya Magadlela


Turiya Magadlela is a visual artist based in Johannesburg. She graduated from the University of Johannesburg in 1991 and then studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam from 2003-2004. She was awarded the FNB Art Prize in 2015, and has since 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).

Her practice has been shaped by Johannesburg: the people, politics, violence and passions within it, and she translates her experiences into her fabric-based works. Magadlela selects commonly-found fabric, including pantyhose and overalls from prisons, and stretches them over canvas, creating abstract compositions through the manipulation of the textiles.

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Umjuluko ofihliwe ngokucwebezelayo II

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Litha (Light) II