Born 1993 in Johannesburg/South Africa.
Mmakhotso Lamola is an artist and spatial practitioner based in Cape Town/South Africa. Her work focuses on the interstices between disciplines where she situates her practice. She studied architecture at the University of Cape Town (2012–2014) and passed her postgraduate degree at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg/South Africa with honors (2017).
She was an artist-in-residence at The Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg (2018), and at the Grigri Pixel Residence Program 2018, hosted by MediaLab Prado, Madrid/Spain. At the Live Art Workshops, hosted by the Institute of Creative Art, she presented the work Belonging – an exploration into reclaiming self, body, community, home and city (2019). She contributed a video installation to the group exhibition A Conversation in Cape Town (2018). Her poetry was published in the New Landscapes Anthology by Lungs Project (2019), while other writing was featured in the Summer Flowers Pumflet by Wolff Architects (2019).
Lamola’s interest lies in the ways in which various layers of socio-politics, identity and mundane everyday life collide within an urban landscape. Her work is concerned with an interrogation of the city’s emotional landscape, and how this can be expressed by various mediums. She is a collaborative partner in the project Limbic Resonance, which attempts to unearth the city’s untold story through personal narrative.
Her practice is located at the heart of various intersections and is continually evolving. Focusing on the notion of emotional landscapes, she endeavors to integrate it within her current practice and knowledge as a way to work and exist in these liminal moments.