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Nicholas Hlobo in Conversation with Elvira Dyangani Ose

Part of Kiss My Genders

An opportunity to hear renowned visual artist Nicholas Hlobo discuss his work in relation to Hayward Gallery’s group exhibition Kiss My Genders.

Join Hlobo for a conversation with curator and academic Elvira Dyangani Ose about his artistic practice, set against the social and political context of post-apartheid South Africa.

Hlobo (b. 1975, Cape Town, South Africa) lives and works in Johannesburg. Using tactile materials such as ribbon, leather, wood and rubber – materials chosen for their association with cultural, gendered, sexual or ethnic identity – Hlobo crafts two- and three-dimensional hybrid objects that are at once personal and political.

Concerned with the history of South Africa, as well as the way that colonialism continues to inform contemporary life, Hlobo’s intricate wall-based works and sculptures also draw on and explore his own identity.

Hlobo received a fine art degree from Johannesburg’s Technikon Witwatersrand. Solo exhibitions of his work have been organised at international venues, including the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Museum of Art in Savannah, GA, USA (2019); Museum Beelden aan Zee, The Hague, Netherlands (2016); Tate Modern, London (2008).

Hlobo has participated in multiple biennials including the 54th Venice Biennale (2011); the 6th Liverpool Biennial (2010); and the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial, China (2008).

Dyangani Ose is Director of The Showroom. She is member of the Thought Council at Fondazione Prada and Lecturer in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths. Previously she was Senior Curator at Creative Time.

She served as Curator of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art in 2015 and as Curator, International Art at Tate Modern (2011 – 2014), where she is now part of its Advisory Council.

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