Keneilwe Mokoena (1988) is a visual artist, curator and educator based in Johannesburg. Mokoena is a Fine Art graduate from Tshwane University of Technology. Her work has been exhibited across Southern Africa including Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape town, Eastern Cape, Swaziland and internationally, including Brussels and Paris. Mokoena is the recipient of the Reinhold Cassirer award in 2015 and was in residence at the Bag Factory Artist Studio in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. She has curated several exhibitions in the Southern African region (including Maputo and Harare) for Capital Arts Revolution [an artist’s collective from Pretoria], and Social Life of Waste [S.L.O.W] Art - a network of artists, researchers, writers, gardeners and community developers working within the discourse of waste. She has facilitated art workshops for Pretoria Art Museum, schools in association with Capital Arts Revolution and the American Embassy, and various other organizations including The Coloured Cube. Her work mainly varies between multidisciplinary visual arts; art curation, direction and facilitation. She formed part of the Talent Unlocked Artist Programme facilitated by Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA) and Assemblage in which she was chosen as a top10 finalist for ‘Continuing Conversations – UJ portrait award 2018. A recent project she managed and curated, ‘NUMBERS’, is a collaborative, multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring an interactive multimedia installation and a group show of selected female artists - showed at Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg. In 2018 Mokoena was placed in an artist residency programme at Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA) in Knysna. In 2019, she participated in the ‘Artists in Schools’ education programme with Sibikwa Arts Centre, working as an art facilitator at Mogale primary school in 2019. Mokoena is currently the director of The Project Space organisation.
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