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Musa N. Nxumalo



Born in 1986, Soweto
Lives and works in Soweto, South Africa

In the period between 2008 and 2016, Nxumalo produced two bodies of work for which he has received critical recognition – Alternative Kidz (2009) and In/Glorious (2012), which later formed part of his 2015 solo exhibition, In Search Of… shown first at SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and thereafter the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa. Nxumalo has since presented a second solo exhibition, titled 16 Shots, at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg in 2017. Nxumalo’s project, titled The Anthology of Youth (2016), which was shown in part at SMAC Gallery’s Contemporary Booth at the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2016 and in UPSTART/STARTUP at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg. In 2018, he exhibited 16 Shots, a selection from The Anthology of Youth at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg. Nxumalo’s ongoing project, titled The Anthology of Youth, was first debuted at SMAC Gallery’s presentation for the FNB Joburg Art Fair 2016.

Selected collections include the IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, the Pigozzi Collection in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Royal Portfolio Collection, South Africa.

(Source: smac gallery)



SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017
16 Shots, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2015
In Search Of… [Travelling Exhibition], Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg; SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

2011
Musa Nxumalo, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2010
Musa Nxumalo, Afronova Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Alternative-Kidz [Travelling Exhibition], National School Of Arts, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2009
Alternative-Kidz [Travelling Exhibition], Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg, South Africa.




GROUP EXHIBITIONS & PRESENTATIONS

2020
[upcoming • 14 Mar 2020 - 8 Jun 2020] NIRIN – 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Art Gallery of NSW; Artspace; Campbelltown Arts Centre; Cockatoo Island; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; The National Art School, Sydney, Australia.

[October 25, 2019 – February 2, 2020] Crossing Night: Regional Identities x Global Context, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, USA.

2019
1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Somerset House, London, UK.

Africa State of Mind [Travelling Exhibition], Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK; Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, USA; Royal West England Academy, Bristol, UK.

2018
Urban Gaze, Keys Art Mile Atrium, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Night Fever: Designing Club Culture 1960 – Today, Adam – Brussels Design Museum, Brussels, Belgium.

FNB Joburg Art Fair (Bad Paper), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

RMB Turbine Art Fair, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2017
Platform Africa, Apeture Summer Issue Launch, 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, New York City, USA.

Être là, South Africa, A Contemporary Art Scene, Art/Afrique, le novel atelier, Louis Vuitton Foundation, Paris, France.

Perigrinate [Travelling Exhibition], The Goethe Institut, Yaounde, Cameroon; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.

2016
Close to Home: New Photography from Africa, The Walther Collection – Project Space in New York City, USA.

Perigrinate [Travelling Exhibition], The Goethe Institut, Nairobi, Kenya; Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos, Nigeria.

FNB Joburg Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Upstart/Startup, SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2015
On Fire: Notions of Community in Post-Apartheid South Africa, curated by Manuel Osterholt, Grimmuseum, Berlin, Germany.

FNB Joburg Art Fair (SMAC Gallery), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Peregrinate [Travelling Exhibition], Goethe-Institut, Cote D’Ivoire.

Next Generation: Emerging Photographers from South Africa, Queens College, New York City, USA.

Cape Town Art Fair, (SMAC Gallery), The Avenue, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa.

2014
1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair (Afronova), London, UK.

Peregrinate, FNB Joburg Art Fair (Goethe-Institut), Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Short Change, Market Photo Workshop Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2013
My Joburg, Maison Rouge Gallery, Paris, France.

Urban Scenographies, By Night Festival, Reunion Island.

Space Between Us, ifa-Galerie, Berlin, Germany.

“Shoot To Kill”, Kalashnikov Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2012
Shoe Shop Project, Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg, South Africa.

: As Seen On Tv, Sibisi Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2011
The Night Show, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

2010
…For Those Who Live In It, Mu Project Space, Eindhoven, Netherlands.

2009
Alternative-Kidz, Stevenson Gallery (Side gallery project), Cape Town, South Africa.