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YOLANDA MAZWANA AFTER MIDNIGHT EXHIBITION CATALOGUE 2021


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YOLANDA MAZWANA BIOGRAPHY

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Yolanda Mazwana (b. 1996 – Eastern Cape, SA) is a self-taught visual artist based in Johannesburg, currently specializing in painting. Her work is centred around mental illness, popular culture, phobias, relationships and storytelling, her style is described as an amalgamation of abstract expressionism, neo-expressionism and symbolism.

2021 After Midnight - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, RSA 2019 Symptoms Of Nothing – Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, RSA 2019 Secret Homegirls – Daville Baillie Gallery, Johannesburg, RSA

After Midnight features new paintings on canvas and on paper, many of which were created during Yolanda Mazwana’s recent residency at the Nirox Art Foundation. The artist continues to explore the concept of fear and understanding the distinction between rational or “real fear” and the irrational ”free-floating fear”.

2020-1 If Yesterday Was Tomorrow What Is Today - Bode Projects, Berlin, GER 2020 Emerging Africa Art Prize Finalist Group Exhibition (Online Exhibition) 2020 Apartment 2.0 - Cape Town, RSA 2020 Kernel - Mason’s Press, Cape Town, RSA 2020 Captive Audience - Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, RSA 2020 Coexistence (Virtual Exhibition) - TMRW Digital Gallery, Johannesburg, RSA 2019 Summer Salon – The Bag Factory, Johannesburg, RSA 2019 RMB Talent Unlocked 2019 Programme – RMB Turbine & Assemblage, Johannesburg, RSA 2017 My First Time – Touch of Genius Gallery, Randburg, RSA 2017 A New Black – Afropunk Festival, Johannesburg, RSA

Drawing from the dank layers of the mind, Yolanda has created a strange cast of creatures. “I created these creatures that are half-human and half-creature as a way to merge together the rational and irrational. It’s been a process that involves trying to realise the difference between the two and understand those emotions in a bigger sense,” says the artist. Without using theatrical dynamics to achieve it, fear (or an eerie feeling at the least) is an event that manifests itself in Yolanda’s work. Soft, supple and human-like their pink forms float ominously in an opaque background made of a solution of blue paint and water. The artist didn’t intend for the figures to be the unsettling and grotesque forms that they are, ‘it just sort of happened’, Mazwana says. These creatures and landscapes are in fact richly personal to the artist who has endowed them with emotions. She describes them as feeling ‘more afraid than they are scary’. The source of their fears being the internal struggle caused by experiencing heightened levels of anxiety and exaggerated or irrational thought patterns related to hypochondria. - Text by Khumo Sebambo

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PROJECTS

RESIDENCES & AWARDS 2021 NIROX Residency, NIROX Foundation, Krugersdorp, RSA 2020 2nd Prize for the Emerging Painting Invitational (EPI) Prize, Harare, ZIM 2019 The Bag Factory Young Woman Studio Bursary, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg, RSA ART FAIRS Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, RSA: 2020 FNB Art Joburg Fair, Johannesburg, RSA: 2019 / 2020 RMB Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, RSA: 2019 / 2020 AAGA x Artsy ‘African Galleries Now‘ Fair (Online): 2020


YOLANDA MAZWANA Flakey Blob III, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 1400 x 1000mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Untitled, 2021 Mixed media on paper with Kiaat frame 1086 x 800 x 35mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Untitled, 2021 Mixed media on paper with Kiaat frame 1086 x 800 x 35mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Untitled, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 1000 x 1000 x 25mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA The Frantic Period Too, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 1000 x 1000 x 25mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Little Vertigo, 2021 Acrylic and acrylic gel on paper with Kiaat frame 395 x 305 x 35mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Untitled, 2021 Acrylic and acrylic gel on paper with Kiaat frame 395 x 305 x 35mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Surender to the Madness, 2021 Acrylic and acrylic gel on paper with Kiaat frame 395 x 305 x 35mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Little Vertigo, 2021 Acrylic and acrylic gel on paper with Kiaat frame 395 x 305 x 35mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Little Vertigo, 2021 Acrylic and acrylic gel on paper with Kiaat frame 395 x 305 x 35mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA The Story About The Stance, 2021 Mixed media on paper with Kiaat frame 1325 x 1040 x 35mm SOLD

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YOLANDA MAZWANA After Midnight Drawing I, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 750 x 450 x 40mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA After Midnight Drawing II, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 750 x 450 x 40mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA After Midnight Drawing III, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 750 x 450 x 40mm SOLD

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YOLANDA MAZWANA The Blob Organisms, 2021 Mixed media on paper with Kiaat frame 1340 x 1150 x 35mm SOLD

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Snail Study 2021 Mixed media on canvas 900 x 900 x 40mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Butterfly Study, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 900 x 900 x 40mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Flakey Blob II, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 1400 x 1000 x 40mm Price available on request

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YOLANDA MAZWANA Flakey Blob IV, 2021 Mixed media on canvas 1000 x 1000 x 40mm Price available on request

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CONTACT KALASHNIKOVV GALLERY 70 Juta Street Braamfontein Johannesburg South Africa www.kalashnikovv.com @kalashnikovvgallery info@kalashnikovv.com Matthew Dean Dowdle - Co-director (+27) 083 781 7406 MJ Turpin - Co-director (+27) 073 124 8183 Jase Strauss - Gallery Manager (+27) 073 203 5204

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Yolanda Mazwana - After Midnight Exhibition Catalogue (2021)  

After Midnight features new paintings on canvas and on paper, many of which were created during Yolanda Mazwana’s recent residency at the Ni...

Yolanda Mazwana - After Midnight Exhibition Catalogue (2021)  

After Midnight features new paintings on canvas and on paper, many of which were created during Yolanda Mazwana’s recent residency at the Ni...

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