Kim Karabo Makin

b. 1994

Biography

Born in Gaborone, Botswana, Kim Karabo Makin is a multidisciplinary artist, radio DJ/host and Master of Fine Art (MFA) graduate from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.

Much of Makin's work is informed by a lived sense of displacement and multiculturalism – with particular attention to the role that context plays in identity formation. Makin's practice at present compounds aspects of her background in Sculpture (her undergraduate major) with her experience in Radio – presenting on-air at UCT Radio for over five years. Her practice thus combines Sculpture, Sound and Installation, with a research archival base and unique spatial awareness. She has participated in a number of group exhibitions, including at the Centre for African Studies Gallery (CAS) at the University of Cape Town (2015), 99 Loop Gallery in Cape Town (2018), the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery Gallery in Cape Town (2019 and 2021) and Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town (2020 - 2021) as well as in three installations of The Botswana Pavilion at Gallery MOMO in Cape Town (2019), the Botswana National Art Gallery in Gaborone (2019) and a virtual exhibition, accompanied by a series of ongoing online interactions, supported by Pro Helvetia in Johannesburg (2020).

In 2018, she was shortlisted as one of the Top 100 finalists in the Absa L'Atelier. In 2019, she was selected to represent The Botswana Pavilion as a Hub Manager at the Creative Hubs Academy (created in partnership with Nesta, the British Council and Hivos). She continues to form a core member and contributing artist of the collective platform. Most recently, Makin has participated in a number of online panel discussions in collaboration with Southern Africa Arts (British Council), the World Bank Art Program and the Zeitz MOCAA. She also practices as a Lecture Assistant and Tutor at the Michaelis School of Fine Art.

Education

Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions

2021

2018

Group Exhibitions

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2015


Works

Kim Karabo Makin: Colour Theory

Colour Theory

Mixed Media

2020

Hand-stitched pantyhose on canvas

44 cm, 40 cm, 13 cm (diameters)

17 3/10 in, 15 3/4 in, 5 1/10 in (diameters)

Kim Karabo Makin: Botala jwa Botswana

Botala jwa Botswana

Print

2020

Photomontage on natural canvas

55 x 165 cm

21 3/5 x 65 in

Edition of 2 + 1 AP