Firmino_Patrice and I | Acrylic paint and collage on canvas 84cm x 103cm 2019

Firmino_Patrice and I | Acrylic paint and collage on canvas 84cm x 103cm 2019

TERESA KUTALA FIRMINO

Teresa Kutala Firmino was born in Pomfret in 1993. Pomfret is a remote town in the North West province of South Africa where ex-Angolan soldiers who fought with South African forces in the South African Border War (1966-1989) were relocated to after the war. Her father later joined the South African Defense force which resulted in Firmino spending her school years in Zeerust and Johannesburg before she went to the University of Witwatersrand where she obtained a Masters Degree in Fine Arts in 2018. Firmino’s present narrative is contained in a broader theme that enquires into history. “History as presented is often biased and one-sided, so to get a better understanding I reimagine my past in this so-called truth.” Personal memories and historical events are combined and presented in interior scenes that present themselves as both possibilities and invitations to reimagine history. Firmino is also part of Kutala Chopeto, a collective with fellow artist Helena Uambembe which they use as a vehicle to challenge and change some of the stereotypes presented in existing history narratives.

EDUCATION

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

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2019 Pseudo Restitution, WORLDART, Cape Town

  • 2019 The War At Home Everard Read / CIRCA Johannesburg

  • 2018 Masters solo show: Pomfret community stories. Mmarthouse Johannesburg

  • 2018 Kutala Chopeto (Exhibition). The point of order

GROUP EXHIBITION

  • 2018 Thou art women. Mmarthouse, Johannesburg

  • 2018 The people’s exchange. IDC gallery, Johannesburg

  • 2017 Silences in between. Goodman Gallery, Cape Town

  • 2017 Nirox Sculpture Winter Fair. Johannesburg

CONFERENCES

  • 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.