Nkhensani Mkhari born 1994 in Mabopane in Pretoria, is a Johannesburg based multidisciplinary artist and curator at BKhz gallery. Their broad praxis spans from photography, painting, performance art, sound design and new media. Their artworks function as multi-modal material-semiotic metaphors. Their keen interest in the intersections between art and technology led them to their first residency with Fak’ugesi digital innovation festival in 2018 curated by Dr. Tegan Bristow.
The residency culminated in a multimedia installation exploring themes of their ongoing body of work titled image of transgressionexploring human spatial evolution into cyberspace and the cultural repercussions of that change. In 2019 their VR work titled ‘Coronation of a Holographic Rainbow’ was shortlisted for the ZKM and Solitude web residency Call no.6 curated by Mary Maggic. The project explored how indigenous ritual ceremonies may be archived using Virtual Reality and Augmented reality.
In January 2020 they had their first pop up exhibition ‘Uhm Yeah’ in Paris with Le Ge’enie d’Alex. On the 12th of September they opened their first Solo exhibition in Johannesburg South Africa titled ‘Porous Borders’.
Nkhensani is a recipient of the Fak’ugesi digital curation residency, the first of its kind in Africa. Their curatorial project titled 'Misava' seeks to refigure the digital as a site for radical healing and the manifestation of new metaphors of consciousness.
The works presented in the exhibition and related programme bring into focus how digital archiv(al) tools and tools for surveillance (computer sensors, the internet) can be harnessed for healing, inclusivity and the manifestation of black, femme and queer futurities.
They also just completed an art residency with Akademie Schloss in Germany, the work they created, titled: Zibuyile Zinkisi explores strategies of virtual repatriation and indigenous technologies.
Nkhensani is a recipient of a recent recipient of a scholarship from The New Centre in New York in Art and Curation.
They continue to expand in their praxis, synthesizing mediums to evoke new passages of materiality in expanding public consciousness.
The works presented in the exhibition and the related program shed light on how digital archival tools and surveillance tools (computer sensors, internet) can be harnessed for the healing, inclusion and manifestation of future women and homosexuals.
The exhibition aims to chart, plot, collect and map new avenues to augment and critically discuss the potentials of digital art exhibition interfaces in the African context.
'Misava' as commissioned for Fak'ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival #PowerToThePixel and supported by Pro Helvetia Johannesburg, South African Department of Sports, Arts & Culture, National Arts Council and the Gauteng Film Commission.
The artists :
Brooklyn J Pakathi (SA)
Bantu spaceships (ZW)
Double K (SA)
Natalie Paneng (SA)
Tabita Rezaire (GY)
Tiare Ribeaux (United States)
Tinashe Mushkakavanhu (ZW)
Misava's extensive programming included: