Helena Uambembe

Helena Uambembe

b. Pomfret, Northern Cape, South Africa, 1994. Lives in Johannesburg.

Helena Uambembe is an interdisciplinary artist (textiles, printmaking, photography, performance). Drawing on her own life story, Helena Uambembe reflects on the erasure of histories of conflict and complicity of South Africa’s wars in Angola and Namibia, and the unspoken legacies of those wars that shadow the present.   


2023: ASAI Print Access Workshop, Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg. 
2018: B Tech in Fine and Applied Arts, Tshwane University of Technology, Tshwane.
2016: National Diploma in Fine and Applied Arts, Tshwane University of Technology, Tshwane.

Solo exhibitions

2021: Pim Pam Pum, NWU Gallery, North West University, Potchefstroom.
2021: How to make Mud Cake. Cubicle Series. Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town.
2020: Home and the Other. FNB Art Joburg. Online.
2018:  KutalaChopeto [Seeking Comfort], World Refugee Day exhibition. Point of Order, Johannesburg.

Group exhibitions

2021: Territories Between Us. Iziko Museum, Cape Town.
2021: Home for the Holidays. Danger Gevaar Ingozi Studio, Johannesburg
2021: Feminism Ya Mang, Yethy, Yanu. Goethe Institut, Johannesburg
2021: Shape of Blackness. Oakstop Project Space, California.
2020: The African Art Fair. Movart Gallery, Online.
2020: Pink. Everard Read, Johannesburg.
2020: Through Our Eyes Narrative of Angolan Narratives. Abuja Art Week, Online.
2020: The Politics is Now. Blessing Ngobeni Art Prize. Aspire Art, Johannesburg.
2020: FNB Art Joburg, Luamba Muinga, Johannesburg. 
2020:  Qual Futuro, Online exhibition.
2020:  The Borders of Memory, Guns & Rain, Johannesburg.
2020:  Covert Bioscope, Bag Factory Artist Studios. Online Exhibition.
2019:  Texidermia do Futuro. Museu National de Historia Natural, Luanda, Angola.
2019:  Multiplies, Johannesburg.
2019:  Resistance is Us. ABSA Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2019:  Summer Salon, Bag Factory Artist Studios, Johannesburg.
2019:  The Warmth of Other Suns, The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg.
2019:  Print Like a Girl, Turbine Art Fair, Gallery 2, Johannesburg.
2019:  Print Like a Girl, Art Room Gallery, Johannesburg.
2019:  Compulsive exhibition, Johanne van Heerden Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa.
2019:  Mark-making, Trent Gallery, Pretoria.
2019:  I don’t know what you are talking about, but I know what you mean, PASTOgalleria, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2019:  Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Offsetculture.art, Cape Town, South Africa.
2019:  Spaces in Between, Tmrw Gallery, Johannesburg.
2018:  TUT Studio exhibition 2018, TUT Arts Campus, Pretoria.
2018:  Till Art Do Us Apart, TUT Art Festival, Pretoria.
2018:  Print Art – Now and Then, Trent Gallery, Pretoria.
2017:  Silences in Between, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town.
2017:  Nirox Sculpture Winter Fair, Krugersdorp, South Africa.
2017:  The Centre of the less good idea season 1, Arts on Main, Johannesburg.
2017:  South-South. Let us begin again. Goodman Gallery Cape Town.


2019:  ​Caminho do Mato, Caminho do Flores, Flores de Amor Extended,  Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg.
2019: ​Caminho do Mato, Caminho do Flores, Flores de Amor, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg.
2019:  ​Therapy for the Black Man (In Honour of...), Underline Projects, Johannesburg.
2019:  ​Load I shall Carry (Prayer to mother Njinga), The Melrose Gallery, Johannesburg.
2018: Tchiganchi, The Point of Order, Johannesburg.


2019:  The Violence of an Anxious Mind - Panel Discussion, Bag Factory Artist
Studios, Johannesburg.
2019:  David Koloane Panel Discussion, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg.
2019:  AFEMS – African Feminism Conference, Performing Normalcy: A focus on the
Women of the 32 Battalion, Johannesburg.
2018:  BLT People’s Table, Johannesburg.
2016:  The History we are told not to Speak (The history of the Pomfret community), Unisa School of Arts Conference, Pretoria.
2016:  Black Portraiture iii. The Untold Story of the Pomfret Community, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.



Tuli Mekondjo

b. Kwanza-Sul, Angola, 1982. Lives in Windhoek, Namibia.

Tuli Mekondjo’s works vividly express the generative powers of women, nature and the imagination in healing, and build on her early history of displacement as a Namibian refugee in Angola and Zambia during the struggle for Namibian Independence. A primarily self-taught artist, Mekondjo has been exhibiting her works since 2016 and is represented by Guns & Rain.


Self Taught

Solo exhibitions

2023: Ousi Martha. Guns & Rain, Johannesburg
2022: Oudjuu wo makipa etu/ The burdens of our Bones. Hales Gallery, London.
2020:  Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Guns & Rain, Cape Town, South Africa.
2019:  The Project Room,  Windhoek, Namibia.
2016:  The Bellowing Mind, Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, Windhoek, Namibia.

Group Exhibitions (Namibia)

2023:The Fish That Sees Its Water Getting Shallow Cannot Be Stranded. The Project Room, Windhoek
2018: Future Africa Visions in Time, Windhoek, Namibia (a collaboration between the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African Studies, Iwalewahaus Bayreuth and the Goethe-Institut Namibia).

Group Exhibitions (International)

2024: Decade: 10 Years of Guns and Rain, Johannesburg
2024: Cantando Bajito: Testimonies. Ford Foundation Gallery, New York
2024: Memoria: récits d'une autre Histoire. Foundation H, Antananarivo
2024: The Dak'art Biennial of Contemporary African Art: The Wake. Dakar, Senegal
2023: To be Named. HausKunstMitte, Berlin
2023:O Quilombismo: Of Resisting and Insisting Of Flight as Fight Of Other Democratic Egalitarian Political Philosophies. Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2023: Common Ground. DAAD Galerie, Berlin
2023: EXPO Chicago, with Hales Gallery, Chicago
2023: ARCO Lisboa, with Guns & Rain, Lisbon
2023: Ousi Martha, Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Basel
2023: Art Central Hong Kong, with Guns & Rain, Hong Kong
2023: Memoria: récits d'une autre histoire. National Museum, Camaroon
2023: From Windhoek to Kamina to Nauen. IDEAL Art Space, Leipzig
2022: Investec Cape Town Art Far, Guns & Rain, Cape Town
2022: Unsettled. Duende Art Projects, Antwerp.
2021: Un.e Air.e de Famille. Musée Paul Éluard de Saint Denis, Paris.
2021: African Galleries Now. Artsy, with Guns & Rain 
2021: Frac Nouvelle Aquitaine. MÉCA, France
2021: 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. London, UK with Guns & Rain
2021: Face-to-face. Traversées Africaines, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
2021: Threads. Duende Art Projects, Antwerp. 
2020:  Borders of Memory, (online), Guns & Rain, Johannesburg.2020: 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. London, UK with Guns & Rain
2020:  Virtual Contemporary Art Fair, ARCO Lisboa, Lisbon.
2019:  1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Guns & Rain, London, United Kingdom.
2019:  Suffrage, Guns & Rain, Johannesburg.
2019:  NJE Collective, Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town.
2018:  NJE Collective, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg.2022: I was her and she was me..., Sakhile&Me, Frankfurt
2016:  Collective at the Art Market, Budapest, Hungary.


Foundation Blachere, France.
Ilham Gallery, Malaysia.
University of South Africa (UNISA).
ARAK Collection, Qatar.
Africa First Collection, Palestine.

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