Nyakallo Maleke (b.1993) is an artist based in Johannesburg. She recently graduated with a BAFA degree (Wits 2015). She works primarily with installation but other mediums that she experiments with include video and printmaking. Her practice involves an experimental, observational and intuitive process to create personal narratives. Ordinary lived experiences and social spaces within her community influence her work. The production process requires a lot of intensive labour and is a process (seen and unseen) that finds its way into the manner that she thinks and creates. She considers the installation and de-installation a part of her working process adding a performative quality. Her practice is quite versatile. The installations she creates are indirect responses to current social ways of life. She plays with space (public and nonpublic) to transform them into ‘potential spaces’ through the objects and materials she uses.
Maleke is the 2014 recipient of the Wits School of Arts Martienssen award and was the 2014 intern at ROOM Gallery, where as part of her internship, curated Between Labour & Prayer, a theatrical play in the form of an exhibition. She was a volunteer at Hector Pieterson Museum and a Projects Intern at Market Photo Workshop.