Working primarily with common yet loaded fabrics, from pantyhose to correctional service uniforms, Turiya Magadlela creates abstract compositions by cutting, stitching, folding, and stretching these materials across wooden frames. Her subject matter moves between articulations of personal experiences of womanhood and motherhood, and narratives from Black South African history.
Magadlela studied at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (2003 – 2004), University of Johannesburg (1999 – 2001), and Funda Community College (1998). She has had six solo exhibitions to date and has participated in several group exhibitions, both locally and internationally. She has exhibited work at major art fairs such as Frieze, Art Basel, and 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Most recently, she was featured in Ubuntu, a Lucid Dream at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi.