Nobukho Nqaba is a South African artist who often combines photography with audio elements and immersive exhibitions and installations to explore ideas of migration, opportunity, and the impermanence of home.
Her most recent exhibition Izicwangciso Zezethu (We make plans) is an autobiographical project, which explores Nobukho’s own childhood growing up in an informal settlement in Grabouw, South Africa. Nobukho uses checkered plastic bags, which have become an international symbol of migration, as well as grey blankets and worn overalls throughout the exhibition to explore themes of classism, subjugation, and family life in South Africa. The title of the exhibition points to the uncertainty of life and the possibility that, even if plans are made, external circumstances can still uproot homes.
Nobukho is one of the contributors to our Black Heroines learning resource.