Magadlela, Turiya
Born 1978 in Johannesburg, South Africa
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa
Turiya Magadlela works with art making techniques that are traditionally associated with women, sewing and embroidery on various conceptually loaded fabrics, from pantyhose to correctional service uniforms. She creates abstract compositions by cutting, stitching, folding and stretching these materials across wooden frames. Her subject matter moves between personal experiences of being a woman and motherhood, to narratives from Black South African history. Magadlela engages in conversations touching on the colonisation of Black bodies and women; her art uses materials that are capitalist in nature at a time when commoditisation is ever more prescient. Magadlela studied at the Funda Community College, the University of Johannesburg, and Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. She has exhibited globally including, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg; Blue Black, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis; The Past is Present, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Blackness in Abstraction, Pace Gallery, New York. In 2015, she was awarded the FNB Art Prize.
Turiya Magadlela, Khala, Colour, Color, Imibala, composition in greys and blue, Pantyhose, 59 x 59 in, Courtesy of LatchKey Gallery

Artists 2021