Nicholas Hlobo presents Unyukelo, a solo exhibition at the SCAD Museum of Art responding to historic narratives of the American South. Hlobo’s installation of two-dimensional and sculptural works explores the materiality of copper piping, as both sculptural and linear drawing in space.
Nicholas Hlobo presents Ulwamkelo at Lehmann Maupin. The exhibition features 'recent mixed media paintings and sculptures that merge his signature materials of ribbon, leather, wood, and rubber employed with conceptual specificity to address complex issues of identity'.
Meschac Gaba, Simon Gush and Nicholas Hlobo feature in African Metropolis. An Imaginary City curated by Simon Njami and Elena Motisi at MAXXI. The exhibition is divided into five chapters bringing together the works of around 40 artists reflecting on the on-going social and cultural transformations.
Wim Botha, Nicholas Hlobo, Nandipha Mntambo and Kemang Wa Lehulere feature in Sculpture at the Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean. This group exhibition is framed as 'a didactic show that explores the numerous ways in which artists are challenging the traditions of sculpture'.
Nicholas Hlobo presents an immersive installation titled Umthamo with Cinga Samson at the Maitland Institute. In this exhibition Hlobo elevates his investigation of the materiality of copper through a playful engagement with space.
Nicholas Hlobo, Zanele Muholi and Kemang Wa Lehulere are taking part in Performa 17, the seventh edition of the New York based performance biennial. The South African Pavilion without Walls features artists who have developed 'deeply personal and individual vocabularies in the post-apartheid era'.
Nandipha Mntambo, Edson Chagas, Zanele Muholi, Nicholas Hlobo and Penny Siopis are among the artists whose work is included in the inaugural exhibitions at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
Nicholas Hlobo, Serge Alain Nitegeka and Odili Donald Odita exhibit in Abstract Minded: Works by Six Contemporary African Artists at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art. The exhibition spotlights artists pursuing 'abstraction as a way of engaging in a broader conversation about art'.
Art/Afrique, le nouvel atelier features Nicholas Hlobo, Jane Alexander, Moshekwa Langa, Zanele Muholi, Kemang Wa Lehulere and Bogosi Sekhukhuni on Being There, South Africa; Barthélémy Toguo on The Insiders; and Robin Rhode and Meleko Mokgosi as part of the Louis Vuitton collection.
Guy Tillim, Meschac Gaba, Nicholas Hlobo, Moshekwa Langa and Robin Rhode were included in The White Hunter: African Memories and Representations curated by Marco Scotini.
Meschac Gaba, Simon Gush, Nicholas Hlobo, Moshekwa Langa, Nandipha Mntambo and Guy Tillim are included on Afrique Capitales, curated by Simon Njami, at La Villette in Paris (including the Mois de la Photo) and the Gare Saint Sauveur in Lille.
Nicholas Hlobo is the first recipient of the Villa Extraordinary Award for Sculpture. The generous award by the Claire & Edoardo Villa Will Trust acknowledges exceptional achievement in the field of sculpture by a South African artist.