.jpg by Gabriella Achadinha courtesy of 10and5

uMdali wezinto/ Multi Disciplinary Artist

Dada Khanyisa, a Joburg raised and Cape Town based artist. Graduate at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. My visual interests are invested in texture and multiple dimensions; as a result I create sculptural paintings and relate-able objects. The objects I speak of include a re-interpreted wall unit, figurines, reconstructed sneakers, digital illustrations and sometimes a tattoo on someone. Visuals I create are centred on people and the habits they adopt to keep themselves busy, fed, warm and happy. My focus on the human condition stems from the various spaces I have called home; these spaces create a multi-faceted diagram of my reality. I understand that I have to greet strangers in rural KZN, keep my phone guarded while in central Joburg and ask a white mate to call the agent if I am looking for accommodation in Cape Town. Most of the work I produce is about the black experience; the weight of the content is based on the currency of memories. I enjoy focusing on what people neglect or take for granted- their daily tasks and what was part of their growing experience. The work acts as a social mirror with some distortions which are fueled by the imagination and a particular agenda.

 

My instagram page acts as an archive of sorts/ most projects are on there (@dadakhanyisa)

Exhibitions

Solo Shows:

Bamb’iphone

Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town

22 May-30 June 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Group Shows/ Fairs

Both And

Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg

7 July – 24 August 2018

Work up: Squad Goals (internet friends are not your real friends)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Investec Cape Town Art Fair with Stevenson

16 – 18 February 2018

Work up: #Untitled (Intimacy)

 

 

 

 

 

Art Basel Miami 2017 with Stevenson

7- 10 December 2017

Work up: #Ama wcw

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joburg Art Fair 2017 with Stevenson

8- 10 September 2017

Work up: Yaphel’imali

 

 

 

 

 

Disclosure – Group Show

Smac Gallery, Cape Town

12 April- 20 May 2017

Works up: iNkosi Ibenathi in these Polyamorous Streets and Between Sheets + Father Figure

 

 

 

 

 

A Painting Today

Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town

6 March – 22 April 2017

Work up: What is This Patriarchy you speak of?

 

 

 

 

 

From the Horse’s Mouth – group show

Ebony Gallery, Cape Town

2 March- 14 April 2017

Works up: eBree, Ebumnandini

Sculpture

Illustration

Video Animation

Video Production/Editing

Painting

Tattoo Art

Sneaker Customization

Creative Director