The South African artist will host a botanical display of medicinal plants outside the entrance to the fair
Donna Kukama (b. 1981, Mafikeng, lives in Johannesburg) is a multimedia artist whose practice is predominantly performance-based. Her work often presents itself as moments within reality that question the way in which histories are narrated, as well as how value systems are constructed. Through creating fleeting moments that exist between reality and fiction, her performances manifest through the unscripted participation of others, and often resist established ‘ways of doing’. For her Frieze Project, Kukama will host a botanical display of medicinal plants outside the entrance to the fair, in which the artist encourages visitors to take part in a performance of social exchange and empathy. Kukama’s Project is a co-commission with the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.
Donna Kukama’s work has been included in various museums’ exhibitions internationally, including the Maison Rouge, Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in Antwerp. She participated in the Lyon Biennale (2013), the Biennale of Moving Images, Geneva (2014), the New Museum Triennial (2015), and the Sao Paulo Biennale (2016). Kukama was one of the selected artists to represent South Africa at the Venice Biennale in 2013. She is currently a faculty member at the WITS School of Arts (University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg).