Nolan Oswald Dennis was born in Lusaka, Zambia in 1988, his parents having fled apartheid in South Africa. However, since 1995 Nolan Oswald Dennis has been living and working in Johannesburg, South Africa. After studying political science and philosophy, he decided to focus on architecture at Wits University before moving to Seoul, South Korea, in 2003, as an artist in residence for several months.
A multimedia visual artist skilled at monochromacity, he particularly explores the mediums of painting, drawing and installations. It is in 2009, while creating the collective duo Mafuta Inc., that he developed an interest for public art, while his collaboration with The Brothers Move On collective encouraged him to experiment with performance and drawing.
His work reflects themes of collective memory, time, space, and future, especially in the South African context.
His work has been shown in several group exhibitions, specifically in Cape Town and Johannesburg, in South Africa, but also in Ghana, where he created an installation in situ in Ussher Fort. In 2011, he participated in the public art festival, Infecting the city, in Cape Town. Two years later, he attended the Rencontres de la Photographie, in Arles, and, in 2015, the Cape Town Art Fair.
Nolan Oswald Dennis
The Yams (Eminence grise), 2015,
Grey blanket, wooden frame, LED light box
Light box – 80 x 80 x 115 cm, Ground cover – 120 x 120 cm
As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading worldwide. After Asia, Europe and the American continent, the African continent sees the Covid19 epidemic coming with great concern, given the limited health infrastructures available in some countries.
All the AAD teams wish to give their warm support to the artists, professionals, partners and volunteers involved in our projects throughout Africa.
We have preventively taken the decision to temporarily suspend all our activities in the field in order to participate in the security of all and to try stop the spread of the virus on the continent.
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