Gqunta, Lungiswa
Born 1990 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa
Lungiswa Gqunta’s work exposes different forms of violence by interrogating colonial landscapes and the spatial legacies that manifest as a result. She focuses on creating multisensory experiences to better articulate social imbalances that resulted from colonialism. Gqunta is also part of the iQhiya Collective, which was founded in 2015 by young black women studying in Cape Town at the time. iQhiya formed as a collective response to the marginalisation of black female agency and voices within the art industry. Their aim is to challenge and engage with ideas of power, gender and representation, filtered through the members’ lived experiences and narratives. Gqunta has exhibited both locally and abroad with iQhiya, who featured at documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany (2017). Recent exhibitions include Manifesta 12 (2018); the 15th Istanbul Biennial (2017); Stranger’s Location, Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town (2017) and Qokobe, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Johannesburg. Gqunta’s work is held in the Zeitz MOCAA Collection as well as Private Collections in South Africa, the UK and abroad.
Lungiswa Gqunta, Feet Under Fire, 2017, Video, 14:54 minutes, Edition of 5. Courtesy Officine dell’Immagine

Artists 2017