Massa Lemu






Email: massalm @

2017: PhD in Visual Arts at University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa
2009: M.A. Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, Georgia
2003: B.Ed. Fine Art, Chancellor College University of Malawi Zomba, Malawi

2018: He who gave us teeth should give you art to see: A Patois Bourgeois P.Arty Manifesto, 1708 Gallery, Richmond.
2018: The Sea Hums Bearing Strange Gifts, Oakwood Arts, Richmond.
2013: Precariot (Lawndale Arts Center, Houston)
2012: Passages for the Undocumented (Rice University, Houston)
Stranded Fishes and Masks on Wheelchairs (Malawian Embassy, Washington DC)
2006: This Scourge is also a Mask (French Cultural Center, Blantyre)
Primal Forces (Capital Hotel, Lilongwe)
2003: Multiple Suns (French Cultural Center, Blantyre)

2018: Dangerous Professors, Flatland Gallery, Houston.
2013: Do It. Hans Ulrich Obrist Collaboration, (Houston)
First Aid Kit (Rice University, Houston)
2012: Of Other Spaces (Dallas)
Dallas Biennale (Dallas)
2011: Houston Art Fair, (Houston)
Material Traces; Selections from Core 2011 (Dallas)
2009: An Evenly Measured Space (Savannah)
2008: 404/912, conceptual works by artists from Atlanta and Savannah (Atlanta)

2016- Present: Assistant Professor in Sculpture, Virginia Commonwealth University
2016: Part-time Lecturer in Visual Arts in the Department of Visual Arts and Visual Studies, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
2014-2015: Guest Critic in Graduate and Undergraduate Sculpture Classes, Stellenbosch   University
2010-2011: Adjunct Lecturer in Drawing, Rice University, Houston, Texas
2004-2010: Full Time Lecturer in Art History/ Theory (African and Western) and Multimedia Studio Practice, Chancellor College, University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi

2017-2018: Writing Fellow at Institute for Creative Arts, University of Cape Town
2010-2012: Core Critical Studies Fellow Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, Texas

2019: Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha.
2017: Oakwood Arts, Richmond Virginia
2013: Alabama Song, Houston.

2019: Performance in biopolitical collectivism: a study of Gugulective and iQhiya, book chapter            in C. Boulle & J. Pather (eds), Acts of transgression: Contemporary live art in South Africa, Wits University Press, Johannesburg.
2018: Row: a thinkivist art intervention, Nordia Journal.
2018: Laughing at the patois bourgeoisie
2017: Modern architecture as hegemony, in Kendall Buster/Disassembling utopias, Cape Town, Commune 1, 2017.
Gugulective as biopolitical collectivism, Third Text, vol 30, issue #3-4.
2015: Play and the profane in Samson Kambalu’s Holyballs, Holyballism and (Bookworm) The Fall of Man in Stedelijk Studies issue #3
“I’m drawn to the paradox of permanence and impermanence
Vuli Nyoni: Artist as errant            artist-as-errant/
2014: Danfo, Molue and the Afropolitan experience in Emeka Ogboh’s Soundscapes republished in Bisi Silva (ed.). 2014. Emeka Ogboh. Center for Contemporary Art Lagos & Archive Books
For the Ranter the Whole World is a Playground C& online magazine
2013: What Part of Love is Universal? C& Magazine 
2013: Dialogue; The Progress of Love The Menil Collection and Pulitzer Foundation,
2012: Danfo, Molue and the Afropolitan Experience in Emeka Ogboh’s Soundscapes
2011-2012 CORE Catalogue Museum of Fine Art, Houston
2011: Holy Jive 2010-2011 CORE Catalogue Museum of Fine Art, Houston
Round 33: The Seventh House Might Be Good… e-journal,

2018: ‘Laughing at the patois bourgeoisie,’ New Geographies: Africa and African Diasporas,  Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, New York University.
2017: 'On biopolitical collectivism,' Glassell School Core Program Lecture, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
'Critical subjectivities in contemporary African Art,' The critical dialogue series, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia.

2018: Passages for the undocumented in M. Petry, The word is art, Thames & Hudson, London.
2007: Steve Chimombo, AIDS ARTISTS AND AUTHORS, Zomba, WASI Publishers, Malawi
2006: Writers and Artists Services International WASI Zomba, Malawi
2004: Catalogue: Franco-COMESA Club Exhibition Lusaka, Zambia