Mbali Dhlamini

b. 1990

Biography

Mbali Dhlamini is a multidisciplinary artist and visual researcher whose work explores the decolonisation of contemporary African identity-making. She performs visual, tactile and discursive investigations into current indigenous cultural practices. Her work is in constant conversation with her past and present visual landscapes. Working to maintain a state of unlearning and relearning, her process recognizes language as a medium of understanding and as a repository of knowledge.

Dhlamini trained as a printmaker at Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg from 2008 to 2009 and received a National Diploma and Bachelor of Technology in Visual Arts from the University of Johannesburg in 2013 and 2014, respectively. While working towards a Master of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand between 2014 and 2015, Dhlamini explored faith and spirituality through the use of colour in Apostolic and Zionist movements. In 2015, her graduate solo exhibition "Non-Promised Land: Bana Ba Thari Entsho" was hosted at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg.

Mbali Dhlamini has participated in art exhibitions in South Africa and abroad, including at the Washington Printmakers Gallery in 2014, the Beijing Biennale in 2015 and the European Cultural Center during the Venice Biennale in 2019. In 2012, Dhlamini's work was selected for the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT) public art commission. She is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Education

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2015

Group Exhibitions

2020

2019

2018

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2009

2008


Works

Mbali Dhlamini: Sénégal, Femme Pourougne

Sénégal, Femme Pourougne

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Mbali Dhlamini: Sénégal, Femme Cérère

Sénégal, Femme Cérère

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Mbali Dhlamini: Afrique Occidentale, Femme Antaimoro

Afrique Occidentale, Femme Antaimoro

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Mbali Dhlamini: Afrique Occidentale, Femme Djallonké

Afrique Occidentale, Jeune Femme

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Mbali Dhlamini: Afrique Occidentale, Jeunes Filles Saussai

Afrique Occidentale, Jeunes Filles Saussai

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Mbali Dhlamini: Afrique Occidentale, Femme Maure

Afrique Occidentale, Femme Maure

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Mbali Dhlamini: Afrique Occidentale, Fille Soussou

Afrique Occidentale, Fille Soussou

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP

Mbali Dhlamini: Afrique Occidentale, Jeunes Filles Saussai

Dakar, Femme Sénégalaise

Photograph

2017

Digital Print on Textured FineArt Rag

100,0 x 71,0 cm

Edition of 5 + 1 AP