Nolan Oswald Dennis was born in Lusaka, Zambia, to South African parents in exile from Apartheid. He is an interdisciplinary artist from Johannesburg, South Africa. He holds a degree in Architecture from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is currently a Masters of Science candidate in the Art, Culture and Technology program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
He is a member of research group NTU with artists Bogosi Sekhukhuni and Tabita Rezaire; as well as insurgent spatial research group Jofaji with architect Pandeani Liphosa.
His practice explores what he calls ‘a black consciousness of space’ - the material and metaphysical conditions of decolonization. He is interested in the relative conditions of blackness, thinking through the baNtu practice of Ubuntu (umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu), or, put another way, the onto-epistemology of Africa(ns) as a cosmic body in specific material relations to all other bodies in time and space.