Donna Kukama (born 1981) is a multimedia artist working in performance, video and sound installations.
She completed her postgraduate studies at the Ecole Cantonale dʼart du Valais in Sierre, Switzerland, as part of the MAPS (Masters of Art in the Public Sphere) programme in 2008. She has participated in various group exhibitions in South Africa and internationally. She now lives and works in Gauteng, South Africa.
Kukama's performances and installations often manifest a form and character that is experimental. In the manner of the bricoleur, Kukama appropriates and manipulates existing forms whilst inventing new ways of occupying and shifting between various territories. Her methods are deliberately undisciplined. As an artist whose interest is to occupy an existing canon, she uses performance as a strategy; one that allows her to invent as well as apply methods that are outside the canon of what is predictable or expected.
"I use performance as a medium of resistance against already established ʻways of doing,ʼ moreover as a strategy for inserting a foreign ʻotherʼ voice and presence into various
territories of the public. My work weaves major with minor aspects of histories, and introduces a fragile and brief moment of “strangeness” within sociopolitical settings.
These actions are intended as gestures of poetry with political intent and hopefully destabilize existing canons regarding the ways we look at reality."