Nyakallo Maleke

  • Born 1993 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • Based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nyakallo Maleke is an artist and writer based in Johannesburg. Her practice is grounded in an expanded concept of drawing, which she views as a means to tell stories about space, movement, and walking. Maleke’s drawings take shape through various media, techniques, and disciplines, and are manifested as installations, performances, sound pieces, prints, or sculptures. Her recent works are invested with materiality, often combining traditional drawing media with meticulous embroidery-like stitching and unconventional materials such as wax paper.

Maleke earned her Master of Art degree (with distinction) in Public Sphere at École de design et haute école dʼart du Valais (édhéa) in Switzerland (2019), where her research utilised the medium of drawing to think through notions of migration, vulnerability, and writing about public space. She has a bachelorʼs degree in Fine Arts from Wits University in South Africa (2015) and has participated in group exhibitions at venues including NGO ‒ Nothing Gets Organised (Johannesburg, South Africa), Stevenson (Cape Town, South Africa), and Modzi Arts Gallery (Lusaka, Zambia).

  • Enclosed, 2020
  • Photo: Andrew Wessels
  • Courtesy of the artist