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Undibikeza Kuwe II

Nobukho Nqaba


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Medium Giclée print on cotton rag
Height (cm) 62
Width (cm) 52
Artist Nobukho Nqaba
Year Created 2016

`Ndiyayekelela' (Letting go) 

Artist Nobukho Nqaba’s powerful body of work, Ndiyayekelela (Letting go) embodies the artist’s struggle to come to terms with the loss of her father. explores evolving African narratives, visions and voices.

 Using symbolic materials that recall her past, Nqaba battles with feelings of guilt, anger, satisfaction and confusion, reinforcing her physical presence. 

The artist’s movements – together with the carefully selected materials – conjure up old memories, bringing them to life through photography.In 2019 the museum Zeitz Moccaa held a career focus exploring her working practice and comment on the artist's work saying: 

Nqaba's work explores the precariousness of home and opportunity. Using checkered plastic bags commonly known as China bags, plain grey blankets, and worn overalls, she points to the fragility, impermanence and inner resolve necessitated by circumstance. Nqaba’s work reflects on personal memories of growing up in an informal settlement in Grabouw and the complexities of migration and labour.



The Artist’s Background

Nobukho Nqaba graduated from the Michaelis school of Fine Art (Cape Town, South Africa) and was the 2012 Tierney Fellowship recipient. In 2015 she was one of only two photographers from Africa selected for reGeneration3 – a travelling exhibition and publication. Nqaba has exhibited in a number of international exhibitions, including Photo Lagos (2015) and Duro Olowu’s Making and Unmaking exhibition at Camden Arts Centre, London (2016).

Nobukho Nqaba was born in Butterworth located in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. At the age six, she and her family moved to Grabouw in the Western Cape and later attended Luhlaza High School in Cape Town. She is a graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine ArtUniversity of Cape Town(UCT) where she majored in photography and was mentored by Svea Josephy and Jean Brundrit (2012). In 2012, she was awarded the Tierney Fellowship and was the recipient of reGeneration3, a photography focused initiative by the Musee de l’Elysee. Nqaba holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education Visual Art and Theory from the UCT (2013).  She has embarked on several teaching endeavours through her role as Visual Art and Digital Photography Educator at the Peter Clarke Art Centre. Nqaba is currently a Lecturer of Photography at the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business.

Nqaba has exhibited widely including at the SOLAR Festival (Brazil: 2018); FITE Festival of Textiles: Clermont Ferrand (France: 2018); Africa Africa (Milan, Italy: 2018); GETOXOPHOTO (Spain: 2017); China Afrika (Germany: 2017); Also Known As Africa: Contemporary Art and Design Fair (France: 2016); Making & Unmaking: An exhibition at the Camden Art Centre (U.K.: 2016); reGeneration3 (UK, USA, Mexico and Switzerland: 2015-16); Designing Africa 3.0 (Spain: 2016), LagosPhoto Festival (Nigeria: 2015) and  Against Time, Bamako Encounters (Bamako, Mali: 2015).

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