African Artist celebrated in New York
African Artist celebrated in New York

South African Female Artists Shine at New York Art Fair

Berman Contemporary proudly presents the exceptional works of three South African female artists, Athenkosi Kwinana, Cow Mash, and Hazel Mphande, at the prestigious 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York. The fair, renowned for its diverse selection of galleries from around the globe, will take place at the Starrett-Lehigh Building, marking its first time at this iconic venue known for fostering creativity across various industries.

This year’s fair is a testament to its commitment to showcasing the richness and diversity of contemporary African art on a global stage. From Lagos to Lausanne, Miami to London, galleries from around the world converge to celebrate the continent’s vibrant art scene.

Meet the Artists: Cow Mash

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(Kgaogelo Mothepa Mashilo)The artist and lecturer based in Pretoria, we had the privilege of experiencing her exhibition earlier this year at the Berman Contemporary this year. Through her art, she explores the significance of her maternal inheritance, delving into the ancient matrilineal descent pattern. Her work reflects on the connections between land, identity, cultural heritage, and community involvement.

Meet the Artists: Athenkosi Kwinana

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Athenkosi Kwinana is a visual art activist based in Johannesburg. She works in drawing and printmaking, using an autoethnographic approach to intertwine her personal narrative with those of individuals with Albinism. Athenkosi’s art challenges stereotypes and addresses social discrimination faced by people with Albinism.

Meet the Artists: Hazel Mphande

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Hazel Mphande, also known as Hazey Jane (b.1989), is a self-taught photographer from Pretoria. Her work focuses on self-portraiture, reshaping and reclaiming the imagery of black women in society. She celebrates the new generation of black creativity, both behind and in front of the camera.

In the words of the curator, these artists’ stories are vital and deserve to be told. By sharing their experiences, we gain new perspectives on the role of Black women throughout African history. Their art prompts us to question who else has been overlooked in history and how we can make space for diverse narratives yet to be told. Through their dedication to exploring the female voice, these artists enrich the visual arts landscape.

The works of Athenkosi Kwinana, Cow Mash, and Hazel Mphande at the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in New York not only represent the talent and creativity of these artists but also contribute to a broader conversation about identity, heritage, and inclusivity. As they shine on the global stage, their art invites us to celebrate the power and resilience of Black women in the art world and beyond.

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