About Nobukho Nqaba

Nobukho Nqaba was born in Butterworth located in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. She is currently her second year as a Master of Fine Art (MFA) candidate at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (UCT), where she majored in Photography (2012). In 2012, she was awarded the Tierney Fellowship and was the recipient of reGeneration3, a photography focused initiative by Musee de l’Elysee. Nqaba holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Visual Art and Theory from UCT (2013), and a Postgraduate Diploma in Library & Information Studies (2019).

Nqaba has embarked on several teaching endeavours through her role as Visual Art and Digital Photography Educator at the Peter Clarke Art Centre, Cape Town, a Lecturer of Photography at the Red & Yellow Creative School of Business, Cape Town, and has recently been appointed as a Curator and Education Coordinator at the Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town.

Her work explores the precariousness of home and opportunity. Using checkered plastic bags, commonly known as China bags, plain grey blankets, and workers’ overalls, she points to the fragility and impermanence of home. Nqaba’s work reflects on personal memories of growing up in an informal settlement in Grabouw, Cape Town, and the complexities of migration and labour.