Cassi Namoda is now represented by Goodman Gallery.

Cassi Namoda is now represented by Goodman Gallery

Born in Mozambique and based in New York, Cassi Namoda is a painter and performance artist who examines being through its intricate rites: identity, history, relationship and origination. Concerned with the delicate unfolding of living moments, Namoda unearths glimpses of unspoken ceremony and tribulation — each fixed in the observant spiritualisms of indigenous East Africa, global cinema, and Lusophone tradition. Later this year Namoda will hold her first solo exhibition on the African continent with Goodman Gallery, Cape Town with a body of new paintings.

Cassi Namoda, Conjoined twins in soft blue dressing, 2020, Acrylic on canvas. © the artist.

This year Cassi Namoda was named one of the ‘Rising Arts Stars of 2020’ by Elephant Magazine and was commissioned to paint a cover for the January issue of Vogue Italia. Cassi Namoda has been included in exhibitions at Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, New York; Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, New York; CFHILL, Stockholm; Library Street Collective, Detroit. Her work is held in the collection of Pérez Art Museum, Miami.

Goodman Gallery holds the reputation as a pre-eminent art gallery on the African continent, platforming art that confronts entrenched power structures and champions social change. The gallery opened recently a permanent space in London in the historic Cork Street which brought exhibitions by Francis Bacon and Joan Miró to London for the first time. The gallery, located for many years in Johannesburg and Cape Town, has been pivotal in shaping contemporary South African art, bringing David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, David Koloane, Sam Nhlengethwa and Sue Williamson to the world’s attention for the first time during the apartheid era. Goodman Gallery’s expansion to London furthers this mission to confront dominant historical narratives and to contribute to contemporary art discourse and social repair.

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