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Nene Mahlangu | ART X Lagos 2022

For our debut at ART X LAGOS 2022, Affinity Art Gallery is pleased to present SWIMMING UPSTREAM, a collection of paintings, ceramics and an installation by Anne Adams, Damilola Onosowobo, Justice Mukhelli and Nene Mahlangu. Nene Mahlangu is a visual artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She uses her oeuvre as an affirmative escape and […]

For our debut at ART X LAGOS 2022, Affinity Art Gallery is pleased to present SWIMMING UPSTREAM, a collection of paintings, ceramics and an installation by Anne Adams, Damilola Onosowobo, Justice Mukhelli and Nene Mahlangu.

Nene Mahlangu is a visual artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She uses her oeuvre as an affirmative escape and a reminder of the beauty, divinity, and blessing of being a woman. In celebration of 25 years of democracy, Mahlangu made history by being the youngest woman to design two coins for South Africa, championing education and children’s rights.
The figures in Nene Mahlangu’s figurative drawings and paintings are a storytelling medium expressing her urge to create emotionally safe environments in her mind and through her work, that serve as a positive escape to remind herself of the beauty, the divine, the blessing that is to be a woman. The figures depict vulnerability, healing, confidence, wholeness, and a transcendent sense of power. Her works in this series are evocative and thought-provoking, reasserting the rhetoric of authority of the female voice in the everyday world.
Mahlangu’s work has featured in group exhibitions such as I am and nothing else, Affinity Art Gallery, Nigeria 2022, ART the Hague Art Fair, Den Haag, Netherlands (2021), WomenInArts, French Residence, Pretoria, South Africa, 2021 and Venice International Art Fair, Italy, 2020.

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