Philiswa Lila

AboutPhiliswa Lila

Philiswa Lila is a visual artist, curator and scholar who explores socially relevant and timely issues of authorship and agency. In her work, the artist engages in performing memory histories and theories of personal identitiesworks across disciplines, including but not limited to painting, installation, and performance art, and based on various media, such as animal skin (sheep, goat and cow), beading, wood, paper, photography, video and poetry. Lila holds a MA in Art History (Rhodes University), an Honours in Curatorship (UCT) and a B.Tech in Fine and Applied Arts (TUT). Lila received the prestigious Absa L’Atelier and Gerald Sekoto Award in 2018, which included a residency in Paris and the solo exhibition titled ‘Skin, Bone, Fire: The First Album’ at Absa Gallery in 2020 and other spaces in South Africa. Expanding writing as part of artistic practice, Lila presented the text entitled “Navigating personal memories in my family photo album” (2021) as an exhibition in the online journal bopa writers’ forum (published by Creative Knowledge Resources). Lila has published widely, participated in various group exhibitions, residency programs, conferences and collaborative art projects, and is currently teaching at TUT.