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Teresa Firmino (b. 1993) lives and works in Johannesburg as a painter, photographer and performance artist.

Teresa, a descendant of a 32 Battalion veteran, addresses issues of identity, history and heritage associated with her ancestral lineage. Making use of stories that are derived from her, her family, as well as her community’s lived experiences in Pomfret, a small military town in North West province, where Angolan members of the 32 Battalion were relocated after the Border War. Firmino re-imagines and communicates these stories through her multidisciplinary art forms.


  • 2011 – 2018 Masters in Fine Art, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


  • 2016 Unisa School of Arts Conference. The History we are told not to Speak (The history of the Pomfret community)
  • 2016 Black Portraiture iii. The Untold Story of the Pomfret Community.


  • 2018 Masters solo show: Pomfret community stories. Mmarthouse Johannesburg
  • 2018 Kutala Chopeto (Exhibition). The point of order


  • 2018 Emergence . Mmarthouse, Johannesburg
  • 2018 Thou art women. Mmarthouse, Johannesburg
  • 2018 The people‚Äôs exchange. IDC gallery, Johannesburg
  • 2017 Silences in between. Goodman Gallery, Cape Town.
  • 2017 Nirox Sculpture Winter Fair. Johannesburg.
  • 2017 The Centre of the less good idea season 1. Arts on Main, Johannesburg.
  • 2017 South-South. Let us begin again. Goodman Gallery Cape Town.
  • 2016 Hybrid Culture. MB Studio, Pretoria.