SMITH and Nelson Makamo to collaborate in 2015

SMITH will be collaborating on an exclusive project with Nelson Makamo early next year.

Our curator Amy Ellenbogen grabbed the opportunity to create some work with this very talented artist.
Amy and Nelson recently set off on an adventure to the Soutpansberg to find Mujaji the Venda Rain Queen. Sadly the duo were not able to find her, but they managed to discover so much more.

SMITH looks forward to sharing this rich experience and their findings with you all in the form of our collaboration with Nelson next year.

Nelson Makamo was born in a small town of Modimolle, Limpopo province, in 1982. Makamo moved to Johannesburg to join the Artist Proof Studio in January 2003 where he studied for 3 years and worked for another 2 years as Sales Reprepesentive and curator of the gallery. He was awarded a bursary from Johnson and Johnson and the Pinpointone Human Resources Scholarship in 2005. Makamo has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions in South Africa, France, Italy, America, Netherlands, Amsterdam and Scotland.

Nelson was chosen as Art South Africa’s seventh Bright Young Thing in 2007. Robyn Sassen wrote that he ‘works with the idea of a visual diary and his sketchpad is his constant companion’. Nelson says that ‘My work is my life, pain and joy from the first piece to the last piece, and in my work I am a storyteller, a narrator. I tell stories of places I have been, people I have met, but most importantly, I beautify everything that is before my eyes. My recent work is about “moving into light” and “sharing realities”… What I am saying is: come walk with me and see what I see”.