Yonela Makoba

Yonela Makoba
In 2019, Tangerine Water, more commonly-known as Yonela Makoba, beat out hundreds of talented entrants when they were announced the winner of the Orms Circle Mentorship and Residency. After months of preparation, Makoba made an artistic debut at the solo exhibition, titled Kwantlandlolo: Tangerine Prays for Tabula Rasa, which, according to Makoba, explores the idea of renewal and rebirth. Growing up in the small town of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, graduating with a BSc in Environmental and Geographical sciences at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and later going on to pursue a career in the arts has caused Makoba to confront and explore different sides of them self. It is these polarizing identities that inspired them to break-free and seek ‘tabula rasa’ - an existence where one is not influenced or informed by past experiences – a clean slate. The opening night of the exhibition saw Makoba expressing their desire for the neutrality of consciousness through a performance art piece in which the artist appeared nude (as if born-again) and chanted prayers which spoke of reincarnation and renewal. The exhibition also included several photographic art works (which were sold to a well-known, South African artist on the night) and a life-size sculpture of the artist’s physical form. Exhibitions Curatorial task team for the Rhodes Must Fall exhibition March 2016. Group exhibition at The Studio One, an independent space in Cape Town. Photo series titled ‘no homo he said to the other boy in the room’, September 2017. Group exhibition at the Michealis Galleries. Video piece titled ‘TRIAL AND INVESTIGATION”, November 2017. Group Exhibition at the Michealis Galleries. Photo series and sculpture work in collaboration with another artist and curator titled ‘Flowers of the Revolution’ November 2018. An independent group exhibition Called Porompompompom… at The Cosmopolitan Gallery . Photo collage series ‘text me when you get home’, September 2019. Kwantlandlolo; Tangerine prays for tabula rasa, solo exhibition presented by Orms, 6 February 2020 to 20 February 2020. Residencies Anybody Zine Movement Residency, April to May 2018. ORMS Circle Residency, October 2019 until 20 February 2020. Visiting Artists in Residency at the National Gallery in Bulawayo (NGB), 1 September 2020 to 31 October 2020 (pending on the travel ban).

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