Donna Kukama


Donna Kukama (1981, Mahikeng, Afrique du Sud) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is informed by performance-based research processes. Through performance, video, sound, texts, and non-monuments, her work questions the way in which histories are narrated, as well as how value systems are constructed, often resisting established “ways of doing”.

Kukama has exhibited and presented performances at several institutions and museums, including the Tate Modern in London; Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham; De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill On Sea; Arnolfini in Bristol; Padiglione de’Arte Contemporanea Milano in Milan; South African National Gallery in Cape Town; Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp; nGbK in Berlin; Musée - Frac Occitanie Toulouse in Toulouse and the New Museum in New York. She has participated in, among others, the 8th and 10th Berlin Biennale; the 57th Belgrade Biennale; 12th Lyon Biennale; the 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art; 32nd Bienal de São Paulo and the 55th Venice Biennale as part of the South African Pavilion. Kukama was the 2014 recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Performance Art, and the Wyss Scholarship, Sierre, Switzerland in 2008. In 2022, Kukama will present a solo exhibition at the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg.