RMB Talent Unlocked is an artists mentorship programme accompanied by an exhibition at the RMB Turbine Art Fair. This years programme consisted of professional practice workshops facilitated by art industry experts and a mentorship programme run by independent art advisor & curator Londi Modiko. This years participants are: Rick Baloyi, Lebogang Mabusela, Noah Maubane, Zanele Mashinini, Katlego Modiri, Manyatsa Monyamane, Octavia Roodt and Vanessa Tembane.
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About the Curator
Londi Modiko is an independent art curator and advisor, and the 2020 RMB Talented Unlocked Turbine Art Fair Curator and Mentor. She has over a decade of industry experience including positions at notable South African art institutions. In the last three years she has been running an art consultancy start-up that has consulted for the a number of significant art collections and organisations in South Africa. Londi is the co-founder of UNDERLINE, an exhibition platform for independent curators launched in September 2019.
About the Artists
Rick Baloyi was born in Tshivhuyuni, Limpopo. He finished his secondary education at Lishavhana secondary school in 2017. From then he started practicing art full-time. He started drawing in early childhood, beautifully mastering the art of pencil drawing. He has since honed his skills even further, learning to use different mediums such as paint. In 2018, he came first in the STAEDTLER African Art Competition. He is currently studying towards his National Diploma in Fine Art at the university of Johannesburg.
Lebogang 'Mogul' Mabusela is an artist and a self-proclaimed monotypebabe and zinequeen based between Johannesburg and Pretoria. In 2019 she graduated with a BA in Fine Arts from the Wits School of Arts where she was also awarded the Standard Bank Fine Arts Prize. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions throughout her career, they include: Wits Art Museum, The Point of Order, The Project Space, The Melrose Gallery, Turbine Art Fair and Latitudes Art Fair to name a few and more recently at the Design Indaba in Cape Town as part of top the 50 Emerging Creatives class of 2020. She prides herself in being the founder of Makoti Technologies™ (est 2017) a Bridal gifts shop that works as a mobile outlet offering a dynamic range of 'gunz', tools and technologies that enhance women’s desires and roast patriarchy, while maintaining their attitudes.
Noah Maubane is a Pretoria based artist. He is largely self-taught, he completed a modeling and casting course and mentorship with Sybrand Wiechers. He is currently on an apprenticeship at the Renzo Vignali Artistic Foundry in Pretoria North. His primary medium of sculpting is plaster, which he later casts in bronze. His love for bronze casting began when he was invited to participate in a residency at the Falconer Foundry in the Midlands, KwaZulu-Natal in 2016. Over the years he has exhibited on various group shows in Pretoria and has created notable private commissions, namely his work titled “Game”, installed at Loftus Park.
Zanele Mashinini graduated with a B-Tech degree in Visual Arts from the University of Johannesburg. She has worked as a facilitator for The National School of the Arts and is currently a Research Assistant at the University of Johannesburg.
Katlego Modiri graduated at Tshwane University of Technology of Fine Art majoring in Printmaking. He has been a full-time artist for ten years. His work is thought-provoking and encourages self-introspection.
Manyatsa Monyamane is a Johannesburg-based visual storyteller, inspired and influenced by African literature and everyday surroundings. Her work unpacks unpopular themes, putting a spotlight on stories often overlooked by mainstream media. She is currently doing a Masters of Arts in Fine Arts. Born in Mamelodi, South Africa. Her cutting edge photography has seen her being a finalist at Pop Cap 2016 and in 2017, Multi & New Media Award Winner for the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards and an Award Winner for the Absa L’Atelier Art Competition which landed her a residency with the Ampersand Foundation in New York. In 2018 she was a finalist for the International Women Photographers Award with a travelling exhibition in Dubai, New Delhi, Tokyo and Paris. She was also awarded the US Woordfees Award for Visual Arts category. Monyamane was part of a group exhibition titled Where I seek Myself I find Myself, on show at Mocada Museum in Brooklyn, New York and later exhibited at Photoville also in Brooklyn. She was selected by World Press Photo as one of the 6 African talents of the 4th edition of the 6x6 Global Talent Program. In 2019 she was selected to attend the New York Portfolio Review and also awarded the Tierney.
Octavia Roodt graduated from BA Information Design in 2017. She is currently doing a master’s degree in Fine Art and teaching part-time at the University of Pretoria. Having always drawn and simply never stopped, Octavia’s work is informed by her journaling practice as well as her poetry. Her illustrative style marries her design training with a love for European comics.
Vanessa Tembane is a South African born artist, with Mozambican heritage, she is currently based in Johannesburg. She holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Johannesburg.