Bonolo Kavula was born in 1992 in Kimberley, South Africa, and currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. She obtained a BA(FA) from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2014, majoring in Printmaking. Kavula received the 2014 Katrine Harries Print Cabinet Award at the University of Cape Town and she was a founding member of the Cape Town based artist collective, Iqhiya.Read More
In 2021 she was short-listed for the Norval Sovereign African Art Prize. In 2021, Kavula presented a solo booth at Art Basel Miami Beach, titled a re kopane ko thabengshe, and she had her first solo exhibition, sewedi sewedi, at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, also in 2021. Other recent projects include a solo booth at the 2020 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, as part of the curated section, TOMORROWS/TODAY, in Cape Town; Art Times, a performance at A4 Arts Foundation in Cape Town, in 2019; and Twenty Sexy, a performance at blank projects gallery in Cape Town in 2018.
Selected group exhibitions include: Speculative Enquiry #1: On Abstraction, at the Michaelis Galleries in Cape Town (2019); The Main Complaint, curated by Michaela Limberis at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA); and Shady Tactics, curated by Thuli Gamedze at SMAC Gallery in Cape Town, both in 2018; Atomic Peace at The Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa (2017); iQhiya Group Exhibition at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in Cape Town and New Monumentsat Commune1 in Cape Town, both in 2016. Her works are included in collections such as Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) Collection in Miami, USA, and the Iziko South African National Gallery Collection in Cape Town, South Africa.
Text courtesy SMAC Gallery.
In this episode, Bonolo Kavula sits down with Jabulile Dlamini-Qwesha to discuss dealing with the fear of the unknown, the importance of perspective, and the personal experiences that informed Kavula'View More