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Studio VU welcomes Thenjiwe Nkosi on January 10, 2018

Posted by on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in News and Events.

Vanderbilt University Department of Art and the Studio VU Lecture Series continues the 2017-2018 season with Thenjiwe Nkosi. This event is co-sponsored with The Africa at a Crossroads TIPs Program.

Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi was born in New York to a South African father in exile and a Greek-American mother. In 1992, two years before South Africa’s first democratic elections, she moved with her family to Johannesburg. She is an artist who divides her time between studio work and navigating the field of art as social practice.

Unnamed Child, 2017, oil on canvas, 50cm x 50cm

Her work investigates power and its structures – political, social, architectural. Implicit in her examination of these structures is an interrogation of the invisible forces that create them, and an imagining of alternatives.

Her paintings and films have been shown at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg, the ifa Gallery in Berlin, the South London Gallery and Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rio de Janeiro and most recently at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris. Nkosi obtained her BA from Harvard University and her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. She currently lives and works in Johannesburg. Nkosi opened her exhibition, The Beginning of Stories, at Seed Space in Nashville, Tn on December 2, 2017 and is on view until January 20, 2018.

Thenjiwe will speak at the Department of Art in Room 220 of the E. Bronson Ingram Studio Arts Center, located at the corner of 25th Avenue South and Garland Avenue. The lecture begins at 6pm.

All lectures are free and open to the public.