Sikelela Damane (b. Gugulethu, Cape Town) received a BA in Fine Art from the University of Fort Hare (2015). He currently lives and works in Johannesburg.
Damane works predominantly in the medium of painting, using materials such as acrylic paint, oil paint, aerosol, paper, marks, earth, and photography, but has also expanded his art practice into new media, such as video art/performances. His work generally provokes political arrogance and engages with contemporary socio-political and cultural narratives. Borrowing from both historical and present images to communicate certain ideas, the artist draws attention to popular cultural while simultaneously confronting conversations, controversies and events that have an impact on our global village, with emphasis towards Africa and the South. Damane is deeply inspired by what is happening around him and the current information that we receive and engage with via our media based platforms, be it the Internet, news or oral dialogues. In his work he explores diverse subject matter, moving from issues of places and spaces to the representation and images of femininity in post-Apartheid South Africa.
In 2016 he participated in the 2016 OpenLab art residency, exploring interdisciplinary site based practices in Bloemfontein and at Modern art projects (MAP) Northern Cape, Richmond. He was also part of the 2017 Thupelo workshop in Cape Town. Recently he was selected as the Top 10 Absa L’Atelier 2018 finalist. He has exhibited in group shows both locally and internationally.
Kalashnikovv Gallery (JHB), Solo Show: ‘Toyi Toyi’ (2018)
Damane has exhibited in many group shows: ‘VISUAL AIDS: challenging narratives’, Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Annex Gallery), Bloemfontein (2018); ‘Memento Mori’, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg (2018); ‘Talking to deaf ears’, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg (2018); ‘White Noise’, Joburg Fringe 2017, Johannesburg (2017); ‘State of the nation address (SONA)’, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg (2017); ‘Otherwise’, Sosesame Gallery, Johannesburg (2016); ‘Map of the new art’, Venice Biennale, Italy (2015); ‘Imago Mundi: Map of the New Art’, Venice, Italy (2015); ‘Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity’, Rome, Italy (2014-2015); ‘Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity’, Treviso, Italy (2014), and ‘The Art of Humanity at The Pratt Institute’, Pratt Institute The Rubelle and Norman Schfler Gallery, New York (2014).
Residencies include: OPENLab Art Residency as part of the Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD), Bloemfontein and Richmond, Modern Arts Projects (2016) and Emthonjeni Artist residency at Hamburg South Africa, Arts and Ubuntu Trust (2014).
Art Fairs include: FNB Joburg Art Fair (2018), Turbine Art Fair (2017, 2018).