Born in ZA, lives in Johannesburg (ZA).
Donna Kukama (°1981) uses performance to make visible the movements, tensions and emotions of contemporary society. To diagnose and perhaps even heal society, we might say, if that weren’t such a stereotypical statement about South Africa. Kukama’s own country is her main arena, although she also works elsewhere in the African continent and in Europe. She performs in ‘real’ spaces – streets and squares and shopping malls – with ‘real’ people in them, but she introduces a significant specification: “Half of the time it’s real spaces and real people, and the other half it’s kind of imagined somewhere in the past or future.”
Kukama’s art creates strong visual images that are open to socio-political interpretation. She is trying to combine the solidarity of the political activist with non-alignment of the artist. Her works become meaningful not only as commentary on people’s expectations of and frustrations with social reality, but also as a response to the framework she has chosen to work in: art history in its ‘universal’ western-dominated form. (AK)
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NOT YET (and nobody know...
Donna Kukama, NOT YET (and nobody knows why not), 2009. Video, video, 00:04:56.
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Don't You Know Who I Am? ...
13 June 2014 - 14 September 2014.
Don’t You Know Who I Am? – Art After Identity Politicsis a major group exhibition at M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, reflectin
The Welfare State
29 May 2015 - 27 September 2015.
The exhibition The Welfare State did not look back wistfully on the welfare state in its traditional form, a utopian blueprint for an egalita
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
21 May 2021 - 03 October 2021.
In this exhibition, contemporary art confronts closed-mindedness with an open approach. Inbetween the archaeological remains of the Teseum, y
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The M HKA’s contemporary art collection has grown thanks to a combination of acquisitions, donations and long-term loans from various public
WAANZIN | MADNESS
It's a crazy story, that of Dymphna, and a story full of madness. The devil lurks around every corner. But what is the core of the madness he