Thami Mnyele Foundation promotes the exchange of art and culture between Africa and the Netherlands.



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Mustafa Maluka
Shepard Mtyshelwa
Greg Streak
Liza du Plessis
Alina Ndebele
Dominic Tsabangu
Stephen Maqashele
Ina van zyl
Progress Matubako
Tito Zungu
Noria Mbabasa
Helen Sebidi
Sue Williamson
Andries Botha
David Koloane
Pat Mautloa
Sandra Kriel
Clifford Charles
Diane Paulse
Sarah Tabane


South Africa

‘I am my main subject. I change so much so fast. I can’t stay on one angle all the time. My perspectives change the more I learn, read, come in touch with people.’

Mustafa Maluka (1976) took up residency at the Thami Mnyele Foundation in 1998.
His current body of work deals with his attempt to develop a theory towards a definition of the aesthetics of trauma. Maluka had started working with the subject of trauma very early in his work. One of his strongest early portrait paintings was of a man in a Nazi war camp.
His current technique, while relying more on colour than painting skill, has evolved to a point where having his computer crash a few times during the making of a work can sometimes be the best thing for a piece. Aesthetically, he has incorporated the anomalistic interference caused by pushing his machine to the max, thereby driving his processor to the limit.