Paris Photo, Grand Palais éphémère, Paris, France
Reframing History, Vogue Photo Festival, Italy
Mother of Mankind, HOFA, London, UK
Becoming: What is & What is not, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein
Abadali Development Artist, JP Morgan Chase, Johannesburg, South Africa
TAF18 Graduates Show, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
Student Exhibition, Association of Arts Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
Shared Histories, Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
Iyazikhulumela, FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
It is what it is, Fringe Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
3rd Year Student Exhibition, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Born in Mpumalanga in 1995. Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mathopa’s interest in printmaking techniques such as Van Dyke Brown and silkscreen led to her discovery of the Cyanotype process, an old photographic printing process that produces a monochrome cyan-blue prints. Mathopa has been transforming her concept- photographs into cyanotype prints and began her recent ongoing series, Individual Beings Relocated.
Mathopa’s work looks at the representations of black women in a colonial context and explores how the colonial gaze has been subverting their portrayal. The depictions of black subjects throughout history have been instrumental in building the present stereotypes that stand out vividly in the representations of black women in South Africa today.
The ongoing series Individual Beings Relocated aims to deconstruct and reconstruct how colonialism has historically shaped the representations of a black woman. Photographing herself in a ‘colonial space’, performing the role of the ‘black subject’ using her semi-naked body and transforming the photographic images into cyanotype prints allow her to redeem her own personal narratives and tell the stories of these Individual beings relocated.
Mathopa is currently in residency at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg.