Motlhoki Nono

b. 1998 in Mabopane, Pretoria. Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Motlhoki Nono uses video and printmaking as tools to investigate the textures of intimacies and violences that are implicated in romantic love. She defines her practice as a decolonial and sociological enquiry into love, exploring how love manifests at the intersection of race, class and gender.


2017-2020: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
2016: Matriculated, Prestige College, Pretoria


2024: Kissing Studies, David Krut Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa
2023: The Weight of a Kiss, Ernest Cole Award, 70 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa
2021: 40 under 40, WhatIfTheWorld x Krone, Twee Jonge Wine Estate, Tulbagh, South Africa
2021: Unusual Suspects, African Artist’s Foundation, Lagos, Nigeria
2021: Home For the Holidays, Danger Gevaar Ingozi, Johannesburg, South Africa
2020: Tactile Visions–Woven, Turbine Art Fair (Online), Johannesburg, South Africa
2020: The Nonrepresentational, Stevenson Gallery (Online), Johannesburg, South Africa
2020: Now-Now, Gallery 114, Portland, USA
2020: NeWWork, The Point of Order (Graduation Show), Johannesburg, South Africa
2019: Art of Dining, Gemeli, Johannesburg, South Africa
2018: Blvck Blvck, The Artivist, Johannesburg, South Africa
2017: Blvck Blvck, The Artivist, Johannesburg, South Africa

Video Screenings

2021: Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Christian Nyampeta, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
2021: African Femenisms Conference, University of Cape Town, Cape town, South Africa
2021: City SALTS: Boda Boda Lounge, SALTS, Basel, Switzerland
2021: Re/Projections: Video, Film, and Performance for the Rotunda, Gugghenheim, New York, USA
2020: Now Bite The Hand That Feeds You, Boda Boda, Tangier, Morocco

Residencies, Awards & Honours

2022: Ernest Cole Award
2021: Leipzig International Art Programme Residency, Leipzig, Germany
2021: Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards, Lizamore Prize African Artists Foundation Artist Grant
2020: Nataal Media Top 10 Emerging Creatives
2020: SARB Art Scholarship
2020: Design Indaba Emerging Creatives
2020: Anya Millman Scholarship for outstanding practical work in Fine Arts
2020: Giovanna Millner Scholarship for distinguished postgraduate and undergraduate work in Fine Arts and History of Art
2019: Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards Top 100
2019: WSOA Fine Art Certificate of First Class
2019: WSOA Drawing and Contemporary Practice Certificate of Merit
2016: WSOA Fine Art and Drawing and Contemporary Practice Certificate of First Class 

Invited Talks

2021: African Feminisms Conference–Claiming Breath, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
2020: Black Women in Contemporary Art, Thabo Mbeki Foundation, Women's Day Conference, Turffontein, South Africa
2019: On the Utility of Hands and Holding: A Discussion on Love, Work and Space, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
2019: Art Investments, Fourways, Johannesburg,  South Africa


On Love, Materiality and Function, Creative Feel, 2021.
Grad Guide 2021Between 10 and 5, 2021. 
Nkgopoleng Moloi, Can 'The Nonrepresentational' prove a new model for artists and galleries? Mail & Guardian, 2020. 
Miriam Bouteba, Eyes to the Future, Nataal, 2020.