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Manyaku Mashilo, born in 1991, is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist who creates mixed media and paper-based drawings. Mashilo’s work offers a perspective on self-representation, desire, geography, and spirituality and her practice focuses on visualizing black identities that possess agency, compassion, and humanity to create an accurate archive of who and how black bodies are identified today. Mashilo’s intimate images serve as a gateway to ponder the complexities of black existence. Her work explores complex associations with a journey by providing a symbolic language, gatherings, and notes to the traveler.

Mashilo has exhibited widely across South Africa. Solo presentations include The Possibility of a Journey, curated by Tammy Langtry as part of the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival in Oudtshoorn in 2020, There’s an Exhibition in My Kitchen at Breaking Bread in 2019, and Beauty | Skin | Beholder at The New Heritage Museum in 2017 both in Cape Town. Group exhibitions include She Impressions at the Project Space in Johannesburg in 2019, Sunday Service at GUS in Stellenbosch, and The Numbers Exhibition at Hazard Gallery in Johannesburg both in 2018. In 2020, Mashilo presented her most recent body of work at 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa.

Africa Present Auction

Latitudes will be co-curating Artnet Auctions’ second Africa Present sale, an auction designed to highlight the work of up-and-coming as well as established artists from the African continent. 

Artnet is a leading resource for buying, selling, and researching art online. Founded in 1989, the online platform has revolutionised the way people discover and collect art today. “Latitudes is thrilled to be able to partner with a giant of the industry, in order to both broaden the collector base for art from Africa and set values for contemporary, living artists on the auction market,” says Lucy MacGarry, co-founder of Latitudes Online.

The Africa Present auction, a partnership between Artnet and Africa First by Serge Tiroche, is a dynamic initiative that uses the reach, contacts, and capabilities of Artnet’s global art marketplace to raise awareness about contemporary artists from Africa. In a forward-thinking bid to feature artists across all career stages, the auction lots are categorised into three sections: Meet, Support and Invest.

Participating artists for the Meet selection include, among others: Cinthia Sifa Mulanga, Lwando Dlamini, Kimathi Mafafo, Manyaku Mashilo, Sthenjwa Luthuli and Shakil Solanki.

Bidders can also expect to find notable works by artists such as Bouvy Enkobo, Dennis Muraguri, Ablade Glover, and Joseph Ntensibe in the Support and Invest sections of the sale.

Auction Details:

August 31 - September 14, 2021

To enquire about any of the artworks in this exhibition

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