Yolanda Mazwana (b. 1996 – Eastern Cape, SA) is a self-taught visual artist based in Johannesburg, currently specializing in painting. Her work is centred around mental illness, popular culture, phobias, relationships and storytelling and her style being described as an amalgamation of abstract expressionism, neo-expressionism and symbolism. She currently lives and works in Johannesburg.
Mazwana’s recent solo exhibition Symptoms of Nothing at Kalashnikovv Gallery (2019) explored experiences, scenarios, thoughts, panic attacks and environments that were re-imagined into characters that represent the questions of a possible hypochondriac. Following her previous solo exhibition Secret Homegirls at Daville Baillie Gallery (2019), Mazwana delved further into the observation of the agoraphobic secret home girls. As a body of work Symptoms of Nothing is a combination of textures and colours that define the intensity expressed of a hypochondriac. These compositions determine what it means to not know what you are going through or why you are going through it.
2019 Symptoms of Nothing – Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
2019 Secret Homegirls – Daville Baillie Gallery, Johannesburg, SA
Selected Group Exhibitions & Projects
2019 Summer Salon – The Bag Factory, Johannesburg, SA
2019 RMB Talent Unlocked 2019 Programme, RMB Turbine in association with Assemblage, Johannesburg, SA
2017 My First Time – Touch of Genius Gallery, Randburg, SA
2017 A New Black – Afropunk Festival, Johannesburg, SA
Residences & Awards
2019 The Bag Factory Young Woman Studio Bursary, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg, SA
Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, SA (2020)
FNB Art Joburg Fair, Johannesburg, SA (2019)
RMB Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, SA (2019)
2017 Between 10and 5. Where do I belong? Emerging Joburg artist Yolanda Mazwana’s abstract take on life [online] (published September 14, 2017)