This is the first episode in a series on Unframed called “Artists in Isolation” which profiles South African artists during the lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are living through unprecedented times, where we are needing to find new ways of connecting with each other and the broader art industry, of being inspired, and of creating more platforms for artists. On today’s show, I chat with Io Makandal about her artistic practice.
Io Makandal is an interdisciplinary artist based in Johannesburg. Working primary with drawing and installation, her practice is concerned with the processes of entropy, the binary between nature and artifice, living and dying, urban ecology and architecture and order and chaos. Makandal holds a BA Fine Art at Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT in Cape Town (2010) and is currently a Masters candidate at Wits School of Art with Scholarship. Makandal has exhibited in group exhibitions both locally and internationally and has had two solo exhibitions in Johannesburg. Her work is a part of several private and corporate collections.
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