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Las Nietas de Nonó

Two people in what looks like a concrete car park outside. One crouches down by a bucket. The other is standing and leaning against a large stick.

Still from FOODTOPIA: después de todo territorio (2020-2021), Las Nietas de Nonó. Courtesy of the artists. 

As part of The Show is Over at the South London Gallery, artist duo Las Nietas de Nonó created a new installation work titled después de todo territorio. The work was made following a residency at the gallery in August 2022, which was the artist’s first time in London.

They said: “The residency gives us the opportunity to reflect on themes such as: migration, food, memory and displacement. It also gives us the opportunity to have time and space to deepen it within our practice. We have had the opportunity to engage with other Londoners by inviting them for a meal in order to reflect on food and memory. This space is part of a methodology we are still developing. During this gathering people were able to share experiences, ideas and reflections that we feel so humble to witness.”


The afro-diasporic siblings, mulowayi and mapenzi are Las Nietas de Nonó. In their creative process, they evoke ancestral memory through personal archives. Their practice incorporates performance, found objects, organic materials, ecology, fiction, video and installation.

In 2022, their first solo show, Posibles Escenarios, Vol. 1 LNN was presented at Artists Space, New York.

They created Ilustraciones de la Mecánica in 2016 – a multimedia installation that was later commissioned by the 10th Berlin Biennale (2018) and the 79th Whitney Biennial (2019). They have received the Latinx Artist Fellowship from the US Latinx Art Forum (2022), the Rome Prize in Visual Art from the American Academy in Rome (2022), the United States Artist Award (2018), The Art of Change from the Ford Foundation (2017), and the Global Arts Fund from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (2017 & 2020). Their art has been shown in Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, England, Germany, Italy, Norway, Scotland, and the United States.

In 2019, they co-founded Parceleras Afrocaribeñas, an organization run by Black womxn, where spaces for environmental and racial justice are created in the face of industrial developments that threaten their barrio of San Antón, in Carolina, Puerto Rico.


The Show is Over brought together sixteen international artists in a major group exhibition at the South London Gallery from June – September 2022. The artists’ work proposes a refreshed language in the interpretation of political histories and personal experiences connected to the aftermath of historical violence, and its present iterations.

The Show is Over is curated by Gabi Ngcobo, Curatorial Director at the Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) in dialogue with Oscar Murillo, who exhibited at the South London Gallery in 2013.

Artists involved include: Karimah Ashadu, Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Anawana Haloba, Banele Khoza, Donna Kukama, Moshekwa Langa, Tessa Mars, Misheck Masamvu, Santu Mofokeng, Santiago Mostyn, Oscar Murillo, Las Nietas de Nonó, Ishkar Richard, Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, and Luana Vitra.

<p>Las Nietas de Nonó, <em>después de todo territorio</em>, 2022. Installation at the South London Gallery.</p>

Las Nietas de Nonó, después de todo territorio, 2022. Installation at the South London Gallery.