The brains are almost the size of the belly
By Phumulani Ntuli
Ntuli’s work revolves around fictional geographies, simulation, history, and representation. Exploring them in a collision of documentary and fiction, collages, performances, and video installations, his work attempts to map the movement of images as a series of notes, pauses, and undulations that cannot be captured. Through these concerns, he questions the objective-based media format when it comes to narrating historical events and situations within geopolitical imaginaries.
2022 – Mixed media collage, paper transfer & acrylic on canvas
120 x 100 cm | 3.9 x 3.2 ft
2022 Visionary Award Residency Javett-University of Pretoria October 2022/March 2023
2022 Artist’s Film International
Crawford Art Gallery 18 August 2022-18 September 2022
GAMec Bergamo 07/13 November 2022
2022 Javett-University of Pretoria Visionary Award.
2017 Prix Excellence HES-O Switzerland.
2016 Wyss Foundation Scholarship. Switzerland
2011 NRF (National Research Foundation) Block Scholarship, University of Johannesburg.
City Festival for 1ST place for Visual Arts category. Museum Africa Johannesburg.
2013 Goethe Institute Project Grant, Johannesburg.
NEWARC Studio Bursary Award by Africalia and Assemblage.
Exhibitions | Performance Highlights
2022 AFI Artist Film International
Crawford Art Gallery 18 August 2022-18 September
The Bioscope Independent Cinema Johannesburg.
GAMec Bergamo 07/13 November 2022
Neuer Berliner Kunstverei December 2022
Buffer Zones Javett Art Center University of Pretoria
Isidleke Sakhiwa Ngezinwele Galeria Nueva Madrid.
59th Venice Biannale_South African Pavilion.
2019 Congo Biennale, Kinshaasa DRC
2017 Access, USEGO Project space, Sierre, Switzerland.
2022 ICA- Institute for Creative Arts 28 March/31 March
2022 Solo Exhibition Artelier Solar Madrid Spain 31 July
2022 Venice Biennale 23 April/27November Italy Venice
2015 Trento Italy
2016 Material City_Everard Read Gallery, curated by Sandile Radebe, exhibition Catalogue Cape Town, South Africa.
2015 Degrees of separation, exhibition catalogue, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg South Africa.
2013 Umjondolo/Shack, project catalogue, Johannesburg South Africa.
2013 KKW Foundation Public Sculpture Commission Holland.
Top 5 Finalist for Ferreira Mining Camp Public Sculpture Commission -Johannesburg.
Brainstorm ICT magazine.
Tiroche Deleon Collection
Iziko Museum Cape Town South Africa
Art Bank: South African
Absa Art Gallery Johannesburg South Africa.
ECAV Library Sierre Switzerland
Workshops & Residency
2019 Artelier Solar, Madrid Spain.
2018 Air Antwerpen, Antwerp Belgium.
2016 Sound, Body, Space UNIDEE Cittadellarte Biella-Italy Fondazione Pistoletto.
Alps Art Acameny-Chur Switzerland.
Curating the Alps-Creative Villages-Lytron Switzerland.
2014 Open Lab Richmond, Northern Cape.
2012 Thupelo foundation workshop.
France South Africa Season, Digital Arts Interactive Workshop Wits School of Arts.
2011 Arts and Culture Trust Master Classes (Governing Boards for Non-profit Organization).
2020 Fakugesi Digital Arts Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Covered Bioscope, Bag Factory Artists Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Lines and Gestures, curated by Candice Allison.
2016 Bone Performance Festival-Bern Switzerland.
Seven Hills-Kampala Biennale-Uganda curated by Elise Atangana.
Material City-Everard Read Cape Town-South Africa.
ACT Perform Festival Sierre, Geneva, Zurich and Basel-Switzerland.
Maxxx project space-Sierre-Switzerland.
2015 21 Years of Democracy-Michigan State University.
2014 ITC-Infecting the City-Public performance Art Festival Cape Town.
Absa KKNK “Post-Colonial Africa”. Eastern Cape.
2013 ZOO-Exhibition-Nirox projects. JHB.
Reverie heights site specific performance-Dance Ambrella JHB.
Contemporary reading of the seven deadly virtues, Fried Contemporary Gallery. Pretoria: South Africa.
Raid, Design Indaba, Cape Town Convention Center, South Africa.
GoetheonMain Project Space, Goethe Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa.