Donna Kukama
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Project(s) at West
2013.01
23 kilograms
 
Born in Mafikeng, South Africa, Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa
 

Education
2005-2008
Postgraduate Degree in MAPS (Masters of Arts in the Public Sphere) , ECAV, Sierre
2003-2004
B-Tech (Fine Arts), Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria
1999-2003
National Diploma in Fine Arts, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria
 

Awards/Nominations:
2011
Ernst Schering Award (GER)
2010
MTN New Contemporaries Awards (SA)
 

Selected Exhibitions
2011
MAP South Africa, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa
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Becoming-Animal, Goethe-Institut Gallery, Johannesburg
2010
Featuring Simplicity as an Irrational Fear, Michael Stevenson (Project Space), Cape Town, curated by Lerato Bereng
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MTN New Contemporaries Awards, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, SA, curated by Nontobeko Ntombela
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Contemporary Artists from South Africa, Gallery 3,14, Bergen, Norway, curated by Mei Szetu and Sharon Bailey
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South Africa 2010 - Video Screening, ISIS ARTS, Newcastle on Tyne, UK, curated by Mei Szetu and Sharon Bailey
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US (part of the exhibition 1910-2010: FROM PIERNEEF TO GUGULECTIVE), South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, curated by Bettina Malcomess & Simon Njami
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Hearts & Minds (Part of the Third Biennial Art History Symposium, "Africa on My Mind: Contemporary Art, Home and Abroad"), Hall Street Gallery, Savannah, USA, curated by Thomas Dry Barry
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Arte InVisible, ARCO Fair, Madrid, Spain, curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, N'gone Fall, & Elizabeth Giorgis
2009
Dada South? Exploring Dada legacies in South African Art 1960 to the present, The South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa, curated by Roger va Wyk & Kathryn Smith, with Lerato Bereng
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Mapping The Blank Spots, Art Miami 2009, USA, curated by Asher Remy Toledo and Julia Draganovic
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6 Stories/6 Hours/6 Artists, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa, curated by Khwezi Gule
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US, Goodman Project Space, Johannesburg, curated by Simon Njami & Bettina Malcomess
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US, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, curated by Simon Njami & Bettina Malcomess
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On Screen:Global Intimacy, Krannert Art Museum, Illinois, curated by Tumelo Mosaka
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Here and Now, Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, curated by Tumelo Mosaka
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Multipistes Parties, Meneer de Wit, Amsterdam, curated by Khwezi Gule
2008
Pool of possibilities, Mapping Currents for the Third Ghuangzhou Trienniale
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Gast/Spiel, a fringe project during ArtBasel 08, held at Hohstraum 11, Basel
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Archives Projects, L'Arsenic, Lausanne
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Scratching The Surface VOL 1, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
2007
Devénir-Animal, L'Arsenic, Lausanne #2006
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Age of Hope, United Nations Gallery, Geneva
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“Visions d’Artistes”, Dak’Art off Biennalé, Yassine Art Center, Dakar #2005
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Take Me to the River, The Pretoria Art Museum, Tshwane
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TUT Graduate and Postgraduate exhibition, Franchise Gallery, Johannesburg
2004
Young Vision, L’Alliance Français, Johannesburg
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Negotiate, Johannesburg Art Gallery
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Geslag, Aardklop Arts Festival, Potchefstroom
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Real Presence; Generation 4, Yugoslavian Museum of National History, Serbia
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Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Tshwane
 

Selected Public Interventions
2011
Room 207 Tour, Hillbrow, during the Wide Angle Forum, Johannesburg
2010
"Black Money Market" during University of Basel 550yr Anniversary Celebrations, Switzerland
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Like a Blind Man Looking for a Black Cat That Isn't There, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2009
The Swing (After After Fragonard), as part of Art That Comes To You, during The Spring Art Tour, Johannesburg
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My piece of Gold, during the Urban Scenographies Festival, Johannesburg
2008
The Red Socks, Ferme Asile, Sion
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Little Boxes, L'arsenic, Lausanne
2007
The Red Briefcase (Contact, Keys, Exit), Festival Points d’Impacts, Geneva
2006
The Red Suitcase, 9th Elia Biennal Conference, Ghent
 

Selected Performances
2011
Performing Nowhere, during the FOCUS11 Symposium on Live Art, Basel
2010
1000 Ways Of Being (Opening Speech), Michael Stevenson Project Space, Cape Town
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1000 Ways of Being (The museum Tour), South African National Gallery, Cape Town
2009
The Great South African Art Queue, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
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Mass Action Strike!, Johannesburg Art Gallery
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Heart of Darkness:Vol 1.1, Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg
2008
Silang Mabele III, Hohlraum 11, Basel
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Does a Snowball Have to be White? Chateau Mercier, Sierre
2007
Let Go II, L’Arsenic, Lausanne
2006
Silang Mabele II, The Container (FAC-ECAV), Sierre
2005
Dieledi, The Pretoria Art Museum, Tshwane
2004
Curio, L’Alliance Français, Johannesburg
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Breath, JAG, Johannesburg
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Silang Mabele, Yugoslavian Museum of National History, Belgrade
2003
Diketo, Potchefstroom National Arts Festival
 

Selected Collaborations
2011
The Unknowing Grammar of Inhabiting a Text III, (NON-NON Collective), FOCUS 11, Basel
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The Unknowing Grammar of Inhabiting a Text II, (NON-NON Collective), Johannesburg - Strasbourg
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On Becoming-Animal, Sound Intervention in collaboration with João Orecchia, Mpumi Mcata and aaaaaaTshepang Ramoba, Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg
2010
The Unknowing Grammar of Inhabiting a Text (studio research), collaboration with Kemang Wa aaaaaaLehulere, Center for Historical Re-enactments, Johannesburg
2009
Chicken Hollywood, public intervention with Lerato Bereng & Linzi Lewis, Drill Hall, Johannesburg
2008
“Pour moi, She is a wonder-woman”, sound intervention with students from the Collége de la Seymaz, Geneva.
2007
Treason 2, a public intervention in collaboration with JPP, Sierre, Switzerland
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The Red Suitcase (rumor), performance at Festival Points d’Impacts, Geneva.
2006
Unity & Duality, performance with Katherine Oggier, Férme Asile, Sion.
 

Selected Video/Photo Productions
2009
The Swing (After After Fragonard), Johannesburg, South Africa
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The Silence of Protest, Johannesburg, South Africa
2008
Not Yet (and nobody knows why not), Nairobi, Kenya
2007
The Red Briefcase, Rue du Rothorn, Sierre, Switzerland
2006
Let go, Isle de Breyhat, France
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Laughing and Crying, MAPS, Sierre, Switzerland
 

Collections
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Jack Ginsberg (Artist Book Collection): Director, Ampersand Foundation, New York
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Telkom Art Collection, South Africa
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Graskop Hotel, South Africa