Turiya Magadlela, Umudiyadiya (2015) |12 Steel institutional beds, botton sheeting, correctional service issue sheeting, installation dimensions variable
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Born in 1978 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Johannesburg-based artist Turiya Magadlela uses common cloths, from pantyhose to sheeting and correctional service uniforms. By stretching and folding these materials across wooden frames, Magadlela creates abstract compositions. After matriculating from the National School of the Arts, Turiya Magadlela studied at the Funda Community College under Charles Nkosi, the University of Johannesburg, and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.

She has had solo exhibitions at Johannesburg Art Gallery (2015), Museum Africa, the Goethe Institute (as part of her JAG/Goethe institute young artist award 2003), and blank. Select group exhibitions include Furniture: a sculpture exhibition, Half-devil and half-child, and When Form Becomes Attitude (blank, Cape Town), The Poetry In Between: South-South (Goodman Gallery, Cape Town), and The Grote Oversteek (Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands). Turiya currently lives and works in Soweto, South Africa.



Impilo ka Lova, blank projects, Cape Town
Kaffersheet, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Everyone knows uFeela, blank projects, Cape Town

Young Artist Award, Goethe Institute, Johannesburg

2001 – 2002
Activate Architects, Johannesburg



The Armory Show, New York
3 881 days, blank lab, Cape Town

Furniture: a sculpture exhibition, blank projects, Cape Town
Back to the Future II: Abstract Art in South Africa: Past & Present, SMAC Gallery, and Stellenbosch

The Poetry In Between: South-South, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
next thing you know, blank projects, Cape Town
blank projects, Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town
Half-devil and half-child, blank projects, Cape Town

This is the thing, blank projects, Cape Town
blank projects, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg
blank projects in Johannesburg, Ithuba Arts Gallery, Johannesburg
Weerberig / Weather report, curated by Luan Nel, Aardklop Festival, Potchestroom
blank projects, Art Cologne 2013, Cologne

When Form Becomes Attitude, blank projects, Cape Town

De Grote Oversteek, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

Rijksakademie Open Ateliers, Amsterdam

2001 – 2002
Activate Architects, Johannesburg

ABSA L ‘Atelier Exhibition, Johannesburg
Museum Africa, Johannesburg
Generator’s Art Space, Arts Alive, Johannesburg


awards, stipends, fellowships and residencies

2015 FNB Joburg Art Prize

2004 – 2005 Residency, Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten

2004 – 2005 Dutch Ministry of Arts and Culture

2004 National Arts Council of South Africa

2003 – 2004 National Ministry of Arts Culture, Science and Technology, South Africa

2003 Goethe Institut and Johannesburg Art Gallery Young Artist Award

2002 ABSA L’Atelier, selected as Top 100 Best National Artists