Photo of Nomusa Makhubu

Nomusa Makhubu

b. 1984

Nomusa Makhubu’s practice employs and interrogates the medium of photography. Photo-manipulation, collage and self- portraiture are recognisable techniques which she uses to reflect on issues of identity as constructed from both the colonial as well as the postcolonial African archive.


2014 PhD, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa.
2012 PGDHE (Postgraduate Diploma in Higher Education), Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
2009 M.A. (Art History), Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
2007 B. Fine Art with distinction, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Solo Exhibitions

2013 Lagosian (in progress): photographic essay based on Lagos, proposed for exhibition (A section of this photographic essay was published in Transition (50th Anniversary edition), a magazine of the W.E.B DuBois Institute at Harvard University 2011, Issue 106)
2010 DreamSweepers, Artspace: Johannesburg, South Africa.
2008 Iso Eliphandliwe, Alliance Française, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town (South Africa), Mbabane (Swaziland) and Lesotho.

Group Exhibitions

2016 Beyond Binaries. Essence Festival, Durban
2015 Trek: Following Journeys, SMAC gallery, Cape Town.
2014-2015 Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum Biennale, Port Elizabeth.
2014 Blood, Sweat and Tears, ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2014 Twenty: Contemporary South African Art, The Appalachian State University, North Carolina, USA.
2014 Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal.
2014 Actuality & Illusions, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
2014 Co-Existence, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
2014 Silk and Steel, Galerie NOKO, Port Elizabeth.
2015 Am I Not a Man and a Brother? Am I Not a Woman and a Sister? Group exhibition, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Washington, USA.
2013 Am I Not a Man and a Brother? Am I Not a Woman and a Sister? Group exhibition, James Harris Gallery, Seattle, USA.
2013 Crossing the Divide, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town.
2013 Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town.
2012 Dali International Photography Exhibition, Dali, China.
2012 Re-Sampled, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg.
2011 Water, Performance in collaboration with Injairu Kulundu, Grahamstown.
2010 No More Bad Girls, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria
2009 Photoquai, Musee du Quai Branly, Paris, France.
2009 Umahluko, Cape ’09, Cape Town.
2009 The World Needs Us, Centro Luigi di Sarro, Rome, Italy.
2008 Hollwood, Nollywood, Bollywood, ArtSpace, Johannesburg.
2008 I Love Jozi, Gallery Béatrice Binoche, Reunion Island.
2008 Construct, Unisa Gallery, Pretoria, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum, Port Elizabeth and Settlers Monument, Grahamstown.
2008 Four Tales, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg.
2008 Glimpse, Bean Bag Bohemia: Durban.
2008 3 Years, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg.
2007 - 2011 Art From The Ground Up, Hanover, Germany and Kuopio, Finland.
2007 Spier Contemporary, Spier, Cape Town and Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2007 GlamourAid, Johannesburg.
2007 Jeune Creation, Galerie Jeune Creation, Paris, France.
2007 Contemporary Visions Of Southern Africa Exhibition, Pretoria Museum, Pretoria.
2007 Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria.
2007 Faces to Face, Joint exhibition with Javier Maltos Galves, Internationale Cite Des Arts, Paris.
2006 Positive, Sun International/ Tapologo Aids Hospice Exhibition, Johannesburg.
2006-2008 Look At Me, Artists for Humanity: Women Against Child Abuse Print Project, Billboard:
Raglan Road, Grahamstown.
2005 Brett Kebble Art Awards Exhibition, Johannesburg.
2005 Eastern Cape Artists Exhibition: Paperworks, National Arts Festival Grahamstown.


The Hood Museum of African Art Dartmouth College, USA
North-West University Gallery Potchefstroom, South Africa
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
University of South Africa
Telkom Art Collection
Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein

Scholarships and Fellowships

2015/16 American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), African Humanities Program, Fellowship
2014 CAA-Getty International Fellowship, travel to CAA conference and Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA.
2010 Omooba Yemisi Adedoyin Shyllon Art Foundation (OYASAF) Fellowship, Lagos, Nigeria.
2008 Abe Bailey Fellowship, United Kingdom.
2007-2008 Würth Scholarship for M.A. (Art History), Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
2007 Masters Scholarship, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Research Grants

2014 UCT, Research grant
2008-2013 Rhodes University research grants
2012 ProHelvetia grant
2011 Art Moves Africa (AMA) grant

Academic Prizes

2007 Purvis Prize for Academic Achievement in Fine Art, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

Exhibition Prizes and Artist Residencies

2014 Fresnoy Prize, received at the Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar Senegal
2006 Woman of the Year Award in the “Art” category – Rhodes Amnesty International.
2006 Winner of ABSA L’Atelier, Gerard Sekoto Prize, three-month residency at Internationale Cite Des Arts, Paris, France.
1998 Vaal Show Abstract Work Exhibition, Third Prize, Vaal Triangle.