Nabeeha Mohamed South African, b. 1988

Overview

Nabeeha Mohamed’s very personal work grapples with the complexities and contradictions of identity and class privilege in post-Apartheid South Africa. Her identity as a woman of colour, hushed during her childhood years to assimilate to the white society and culture she grew up in, is now celebrated in her paintings where bold colours, and identity take centre stage. Her paintings offer a tension when these celebrations of identity are intersected with a playful critique of the capitalist economy and class privilege from which she benefits.

Works
Amphora Arrangement, 2021
Exhibitions
Biography

Nabeeha Mohamed was born in Cape Town in 1988. She studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town. Her very personal work grapples with the contradictions of identity and class privilege in post-Apartheid South Africa. Her position as a woman of colour, hushed during her childhood years in an attempt to assimilate to the white society and culture she grew up in, is now celebrated in her paintings where colour and strangeness take centre stage. These celebrations of identity are intersected with a playful critique of the capitalist economy and class privilege from which she benefits.

Nabeeha has participated in group exhibitions locally and internationally, notably Speculative Inquiry #1 (on Abstraction) (Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town), Limininality in Infinite Space (African Artists’ Foundation, Lagos), Self-Identity in the Face of the Global Pandemic (Gallery 1957, London), Melancholympics, The Wunderwall, (PLUS- ONE Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium), Don’t Give A Damns (Marian Cramer Projects, Amsterdam), Map of the New Art (Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice), Outside the Lines: An Exploration of Abstract Materiality (WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town), HB (A Humble Little Show) and Fugly (Chandler House, Cape Town) and Close Encounters (SMITH Studio, Cape Town). She has participated in residencies at Casa de Ilhabela, Brazil and at the gallery, Johannesburg.

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