SMAC exhibition on Ghana

In her signature fusion of politics, economics and arts, Lhola Amira has developed Looking for Ghana & The Red Suitcase as the first of many more physical investigations into assumptions, contradictions and associations placed on contemporary definitions of Africa.

Her exhibition will be opened at the SMAC Gallery in Stellenbosch, on Saturday February 4, at 11am.

The project, described by the artist as “Looking for Africa in Africa”, engages with contemporary discourses around decolonisation, nationality, gender, sexuality and race.

Amira was born in Gugulethu, in 1984. She has recently been awarded the AiRS (Artist in Residence Skövde Art Museum) residency in Skövde, Sweden to take place in April. Earlier residencies include participation at the Jiwar Creation and Society in Barcelona, Spain, in 2015, and at Vasl Artists’ Collective in Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2010.

This exhibition presents a selection of photographs, an installation and a video piece that are all rooted in a recent project in Ghana. The exhibition will be on view until Saturday April 1. For more information, call 021 887 3607 or visit