Mustafa Maluka

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Mustafa Maluka (born 21 November 1976, Cape Town, South Africa) is an artist and cultural analyst. He is known for theatrically confronting the intersection of contemporary critical theory and global politics with his provocative large-scale portraits.

He grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, but came of age in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where he studied at De Ateliers postgraduate art institute and the Amsterdam School for Cultural analysis at the University of Amsterdam. He currently lives and works in Finland.[1]

Life and work[edit]

Maluka's work has appeared in several international exhibitions such as the 27th São Paulo Bienal[2] in Brazil,"World Histories" at Des Moines Art Centre,[3] Iowa and "Flow" at the Studio Museum[4] in Harlem.

Book covers[edit]

Maluka's work has appeared on the covers of various books. Most recently his painting entitled "I can't believe you think that of me"[5] appeared on the cover of the Harper Collins book South African Art Now[6] and one of his photographs on the cover of the social science book "The new media nation: indigenous peoples and global communication".[7] A still from a 2001 interactive piece was used as the cover for the book "Africa and its significant others: forty years of intercultural entanglement".[8][9] The multiple award-winning novel by Doreen Baingana called "Tropical Fish: Stories Out of Entebbe"[10] was also adorned with 3 covers featuring different works by the artist.


  • 1998 Thami Mnyele Award,[11] Amsterdam
  • 2004 Tollman Award for the Visual Arts[12]

Selected solo exhibitions[edit]

  • Hard Living (an ethnomethodological approach), De Ateliers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2001, Solo Exhibition)
  • The Realness, Galerie Tanya Rumpff, Haarlem, The Netherlands (2002, Solo Exhibition)
  • Bad for Your Health/Wrong Colour, Virtual Museum of Contemporary African Art (2002, Solo Exhibition)
  • Accented Living: a rough guide, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa (2005, Solo Exhibition)
  • The Interview (a transcript), Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa (2007, Solo Exhibition)
  • Reflexive Indices: a phenomenological study, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland (2007, Solo Exhibition)
  • The Message, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Berlin, Germany (2008, Solo Exhibition)
  • The Rhetoric of Sincerity / The Sincerity of Rhetoric, Galerie Bertrand & Gruner, Geneva, Switzerland (2009, Solo Exhibition)
  • A Place so Foreign, Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, USA (2009, Solo Exhibition)
  • Discourse in Translation: a pragmadialectical analysis, Galerie Mikael Andersen, Copenhagen, Denmark (2010, Solo Exhibition)


  1. ^ 1
  2. ^ 27a. Bienal de São Paulo: Como viver junto — How to live together | e-flux
  3. ^ archiveworldhistories
  4. ^ Flow - Studio Museum in Harlem - Art - Review - New York Times
  5. ^
  6. ^ South African Art Now by Sue Williamson
  7. ^ New Media Nation: Indigenous Peoples and Global Communication (Anthropology of Media): Valerie Alia: 9781845454203: Books
  8. ^ Africa and Its Significant Others: Forty Years of Intercultural Entanglement (Thamyris Intersecting 11) (Thamyris/Intersecting: Place, Sex & Race) (9789042010291):...
  9. ^ Africa and Its Significant Others: Forty Years of Intercultural Entanglement - Google Books
  10. ^ TROPICAL FISH, ETC: Three Beautiful Covers for One Book!
  11. ^ African Artists @ Thami Mnyele, Netherlands
  12. ^ A R T T H R O B _ N E W S

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