Undiscovered Canvas Art Residency | Lulama Wolf 2021

Undiscovered Canvas Art residency

Villa Fontaine, Antibes, France

Undiscovered Canvas in partnership with the Municipality of the City of Antibes. Undiscovered Canvas is honored to welcome Lulama Wolf at the Villa Fontaine in Antibes on the Cote d'Azur.

The villa located near by the Safranier settlement, overlooking Nikos Kazantzakis’s square. The location is idyllic with a view of the ramparts and Cap d'Antibes. The landlord, Marie-Jeanne Fontaine, born Aimé, was a friend of Arts & Letters. When she died in October 1990, she bequeathed her house to Antibes City, in order to invite artists (photographers, painters, sculptors or writers) during their residence.

Lulama will be exploring themes that she has been working on during her practice, these themes explore different expression and variations of spirituality and yearnings of rest. ‘Iyabukisa Izondisa ngbangaboni ‘ (it is so beautiful even the blind are not offended )

Lulama ‘wolf’ Mlambo is a 27-year-old visual artist who lives and works in Johannesburg South Africa. A principal theme in Mlambo’s work is space, spirituality, and influences from vernacular architecture. She explores the human condition in extremely imaginative ways creating hyper visualized characters. Curiosity for science in the African context, how the different themes are interlinked, and what roles they play to one another.

Her work at the intersection of neo- expression and modern African art, Mlambo interrogates the Pre-colonial African experience through the contemporary mind by using smearing, scraped, and deep pigment techniques that were used in vernacular architecture or the patterns created by mostly women to decorate African homes.

History and proof of life are the core languages in her work where there is little to no reference of life in black spirituality. She uses that narrative by staging her 2D Acrylic paintings to embody the simplicity of the native eye. Her intention is tender and is protective of her imaginary world or rather her symbolic view of how her world looks in a alternate universe. She is set on creating a photographic/graphic experience that morphs and shapeshifts into a 2-dimensional plane or higher.


Founded by Nomaza Nongqunga Coupez, the Undiscovered Canvas Art Residency Program fosters creativity, research, and experimentation through its international residency program for emerging African artists. Since 2019 Undiscovered Canvas artist-in-residency has hosted several artists working in Africa. Located in the South of France, on the edge of the Mediterranean Sea, Undiscovered Canvas offers time and space in a contemplative and supportive environment, giving residents the freedom to think, create, and connect.

Undiscovered Canvas encourages crucial exploratory work, with a focus on the emerging contemporary art scene. The focus of the artist-in-residency program is providing individual support and establishing connections between the artists in the program and the wider international context, considering that the French Riviera was once home to the world's greatest modern artists including Picasso, Matisse, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, and others.

 Undiscovered Canvas offers a wide range of services, which include providing curatorial support in the implementation of the artists’ projects, supplying technical infrastructure and materials, presenting the projects produced at the residency, advertising all events organized by the resident artists, holding “Open Studio” events, and inviting the artists to take part in larger projects including exhibitions and commissions.

Through these programs, Undiscovered Canvas supports emerging African artists in realizing their projects and establishing their creative practice on an international scale. Additionally, Undiscovered Canvas emphasizes the importance of self-care during the residency and advocates for artists to take time in learning how to balance work and restoration.

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