Turiya Magadlela: Art born of shared pain and pantyhose

TV appearances, telephone interviews and frantic preparations for her upcoming exhibition takes up most of artist Turiya Magadlela’s time these days. So tracking her down for an interview is not easy.

The Soweto-born artist, who juggles a day job with a thriving art career, is the winner of the FNB Art prize. She will present her body of work, titled Imihuzuko, at the fair this weekend. Magadlela won the award, which comes with a R100 000 purse, following her acclaimed show, Kaffersheet, at the Johannesburg Art Gallery earlier this year.

The prize was judged by eminent curators Bisi Silva from Nigeria and Koyo Kouoh from Senegal. With its arresting, large-scale installation of prison beds and abstract work created of prison sheets and traditional Xhosa cloth, Kaffersheet comments on freedom by highlighting the incarceration of iconic South Africans over the decades, specifically Xhosa leaders and prophets such as Makhanda Nxele.

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Image – Turiya Magadlela (Photo by Jacques Nelles).