Turiya Magadlela
Lives & Works in Johannesburg, South Africa
Working primarily with common fabrics, from pantyhose to correctional service uniforms, South African artist Turiya Magadlela creates abstract compositions by cutting, stitching, folding, and stretching these materials across wooden frames. Her choice of medium juxtaposes the mundane fabrics and their intended uses. Magadlela’s subject matter moves between articulations of her personal experiences of womanhood and motherhood, and narratives from Black South African history.

Magadlela has had several solo exhibitions to date and has exhibited internationally at shows including, Blackness in Abstraction, Pace Gallery, 2016, Blue Black, curated by Glenn Ligon, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 2017, ‘Ubuntu, a Lucid Dream’ at Palais de Tokyo in Paris, curated by Marie-Ann Yemsi, Palais de Tokyo, 2021, and ‘WE PAINT!’ at Palais des Études des Beaux-Arts in Paris, 2022, which was curated by Cristiano Raimondi. She has exhibited work at major art fairs such as Frieze, Art Basel, and 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

Turiya Magadlela will be presented by KATES-FERRI PROJECTS
Turiya Magadlela, Izinyoni Exintlane I (Birds of Prey), 2018, Nylon pantyhose on canvas, 152 x 152 cm. Courtesy of the artists and KATES-FERRI PROJECTS.