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Bongiwe Dhlomo-Mautloa

b. Vryheid, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, 1956. Lives in Johannesburg.

Bongiwe Dhlomo-Mautloa is an artist, art educator and one of South Africa’s first black curators. She began making art in the late 1970s as a response to life under apartheid. With a strong focus on the political, her aims include giving voice to the rural and urban histories of black women.

Arts Education


1978 - 1979: Fine Arts Diploma (Printmaking), The Evangelical Lutheran Church Art and Craft Centre at Rorke's Drift, Natal, South Africa.

Exhibitions

2018: The Friends of JAG and Keyes Art Mile  Fuba 40th Anniversary. Exhibition, Trumpet Building, Keyes Art Mile, Johannesburg, South Africa
2017: A Labour of love, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2015: A Labour of Love, Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt, Germany.
2014: Impressions of Rorke’s Drift - The Jumuna Collection, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2012: A Fragile Archive, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2010: Strengths and Convictions: The Lives and times of South Africa's Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo, Norway.
2003: Rorke's Drift: Empowering Prints 1962 - 1982, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town; Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa.
2003: Time, Memory and Desire, Standard Bank Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
1999: [Rewind] Fast Forward.za, Van Reekum Museum of Modern Art, Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
1998: Trans Figurative, Association of Visual Arts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
1989 - 1990: Art/Images in Southern Africa, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden.
1988: The Neglected Tradition, Johannesburg Art allery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1986: Images of South Africa (solo), Gabarone, Botswana. 

Other

2020: Panelist, “Building legacies: Investing in Culture”, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town.
2019: Curator, Admission of Guilt, 179 Buitengracht St, Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa.
2016: Panelist, "A reflection on the role of the arts in the struggle" panel discussion, Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2016: Curator, Workshop, Assemblage.
2014: Panelist, Seminar: Towards a working concept of socially engaged Art in 2014, KZNSA, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
2013: Co-Curator, Umhlaba 1913–2013: Commemorating the 1913 Land Act, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2013: Facilitator, Print Workshop, National School of the Arts (NSA), Johannesburg, South Africa.
2009 - 2013: Curatorial Content Manager, Steve Biko Centre, King William's Town, South Africa.
1994 - 1999: Committee member, Acquisitions Committee, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
1986 - 1988: Coordinator, Alexandra Art Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1983 - 1985: Curator, FUBA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1980 - 1983: Worked at the African Art Centre, Durban, South Africa.

Publications

Dhlomo, B and Godby, M “Art and Politics in a Changing South Africa: Bongi Dhlomo in Conversation with Michael Godby."African Arts, vol. 37, no. 4, 2004, pp 62-96.