Nolan Oswald Dennis


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Nolan Oswald Dennis and Haroon Gunn-Salie at Kunsthalle kAde

Dennis and Gunn-Salie are two of fifteen South African artists selected to exhibit work on the Kunsthalle kAde’s group exhibition, titled Tell Freedom. 15 South African artists, in Amersfoort, the Netherlands (27 January – 6 May). Curated by Nkule Mabaso and Manon Braat, the exhibition features a range of commissioned works wherein the exhibiting artists address issues of inequality still inherent within the South African vernacular. Actively engaging with the present social discourses that inform South Africa, the exhibition’s curatorial premise asks both the artists and viewers to reflect on the future: is it possible to envisage a future based on principles of humanity and equality, rather than on exclusion and division?

NTU collective on 89plus exhibition in Zurich

Work by NTU – the art collective founded by Nolan Oswald Dennis, Tabita Rezaire and Bogosi Sekhukhuni – is included on a group exhibition, 89plus: Americans 2017, at the LUMA Westbau in Zurich (19 May – 3 September). Curated by Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist for their ongoing 89plus project, it showcases new productions by 19 key artists and groups from around the globe. Stemming from the concept of algorithmic citizenship introduced by artist James Bridle’s Citizen Ex project, this group exhibition gives centre stage to the work of artists from countries as varied as Ghana, Kuwait, China, Lebanon, Austria and South Africa, all the while reflecting the influence of US-based ‘computerised processes’ over information, aspirations and concerns.

Nolan Oswald Dennis receives FNB Art Prize

Nolan Oswald Dennis has been awarded the 2016 FNB Art Prize. Dennis joins a prestigious list of winners since the launch of the FNB Art Prize in 2011, and will be showcasing his work in a dedicated space at the FNB Joburg Art Fair. The works on exhibition further his interest in the ever-fluctuating conditions of place and time. The ostensible certainty of chronology and territory is negated in meticulous line drawings, inscribed wax sculptures and printed textiles of a re-imagined South African Flag.
The idea of becoming forms a major theme in the works, which attest to the ongoing transitional state of South Africa’s fledgling democracy. In speaking about the works, the artists states ‘this is a re-examination of the political technologies of memory and forgetting that are mobilized in the becoming of (South) Africa.’ Becoming, then, is a future state and Dennis’ work involves the process of determining his own place in the always collapsing social fiction of the late rainbow nation.

NTU at Berlin Biennale

The collective CUSS Group exhibits on the Berlin Biennale from 4 June to 18 September 2016. Included is another Johannesburg-based collective NTU which includes Goodman Gallery artists Tabita Rezaire and Nolan Oswald Dennis. The work by CUSS responds to commercial, cultural, and technological super-hybridity in contemporary South Africa and beyond. Signposted as “Triomf Factory Shop,” their installation appears to be a store filled with products for sale: including a fragrance, a beer, and LCD monitors broadcasting a TV channel, all of which are commissioned works by other South African artists. 

  • Overview

  • Solo exhibitions

    Nolan Oswald Dennis / Options / 2019

    Nolan Oswald Dennis / Furthermore / 2016

    Group exhibitions

    Acts of Reading

    In Context / this past was waiting for me / 2018

    the silences between / 2017

    In Context: Where We Are

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Young, Gifted and Black / Curated by Hank Willis Thomas / 2015

    Edge of Silence / 2015

    Other People's Memories / 2015

    [Working Title] / 2014

  • Biography

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    Teaching, Lectureships and Workshop

    Awards and Merits

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  • Press for Nolan Oswald Dennis

    Silence talks with a powerful voice / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / 13 August 2015

    Silence talks with a powerful voice By BONGANI KONA (1.8 MB)

    Nolan Oswald Dennis / Design Indaba / Cape Town / 11 June 2015

    Just don’t call us Afrofuturist By Kelly Berman (117.5 KB)

    Nolan Oswald Dennis / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / May 22 to 28 2015

    African digital art in the age of globalisation By Zodwa Kumalo-Valentine (6.8 MB)

    Nolan Oswald Dennis / Business Day Live / South Africa / 16 May 2015

    Glimpse an Africa of ones and zeros at the Goodman Gallery By Sue Blaine (261.6 KB)