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Nolan Oswald Dennis


Nolan Oswald Dennis is a para-disciplinary artist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Their practice explores ‘a black consciousness of space’ – the material and metaphysical conditions of decolonization – questioning histories of space and time through system-specific interventions.

They hold a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits 2012) and a Science Master’s degree in Art, Culture and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT 2018).

They work within and against a grammar of world-making: using indexical, analytic and educational devices (drawings, diagrams, maps, models, etc) as ambiguous tools for rehearsing possible meanings rather than forms of instruction. Their practice recombines social, technical, political and spiritual systems grounded in a planetary condition of landlessness and guided by
the overlapping theories and practices of black, indigenous and queer liberation.

Their work has been featured in exhibitions at the Goodman Gallery (Johannesburg, Cape Town, London), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Van Abbemuseum, the Seoul Mediacity Biennial, Young Congo Biennale (Kinshasa), FRONT triennial (Columbus), Shanghai Biennial, Videobrazil,
Liverpool Biennial and the Lagos Biennial among others.

They are a founding member of artist group NTU, a research associate at the VIAD research centre at the University of Johannesburg, and a member of the Index Literacy Program.

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