BRONWYN KATZ 

 

Incorporating sculpture, installation, video and performance, Bronwyn Katz’s practice engages with the concept of land as a repository of memory and trauma, reflecting on the notion of place or space as lived experience, and the ability of the land to remember and communicate the memory of its occupation.

 

Working with found natural materials such as iron ore, or used man made objects such as foam mattress and bed springs, Katz’s approach to making is driven by storytelling and intuition. Conceptually, her sculptures refer to the political context of their making, embodying subtle acts of resistance that draw attention to the social constructions and boundaries that continue to define our environments.

 

For Katz, the language of abstraction is in active opposition to overt representation, allowing her work to be open to multivalent readings. Hers is a minimalism that converses with early forms of abstract art; methods and traditions of mark-making and story-telling that long predate Western Modernism.

 

Katz has held six solo exhibitions to date, including I turn myself into a star and visit my loved ones in the sky at White Cube in London (2021), Salvaged Letter at Peres Projects in Berlin (2019), / // ! ǂ at blank projects in Cape Town (2019), and A Silent Line, Lives Here at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2018).

 

Recently, her work has been included on the New Museum Triennial of New York and the Future Generation Art Prize shortlist exhibition. Previous group exhibitions include Upkeep: Everyday Strategies of Care (The Arts Club of Chicago, 2020); We Aim to Live (Zuzeum Art Centre, Riga, 2020); NIRIN (Biennale of Sydney, 2020); and Là où les eaux se mêlent (Biennale de Lyon, 2019). In 2019, she was awarded the First National Bank Art Prize.

 

Katz is a founding member of iQhiya, an 11-women artist collective which has performed across various spaces, including Documenta (in Kassel and Athens), Greatmore Studios, and Iziko South African National Gallery.

 

Born in 1993, in Kimberley, South Africa, Katz lives and works between Cape Town and Johannesburg.

 

EDUCATION

 

2015 BaFA (Hons), University of Cape Town, South Africa


 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2021 I turn myself into a star and visit my loved ones in the sky, White Cube, London

 

2019 Salvaged Letter, Peres Projects, Berlin

 

2019 / // ! ǂ, blank projects, Cape Town

 

2018 A Silent Line, Lives Here, Palais de Tokyo, Paris

 

2017 Grondskryf, blank projects, Cape Town

 

2016 Groenpunt, blank projects, Cape Town


 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2022 The Milk of Dreams, 59th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

 

2021 Source Materials, Griffith University Art Museum, Brisbane, Australia

 

2021 A Line Beyond, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

 

2021 Soft Water Hard Stone, New Museum Trienial, New Museum, New York

 

2021 Future Generation Art Prize exhibition, PinchukArtCentre, Kyiv

 

2021 The River is a Serpent, Frestas – Triennial of Arts 3rd edition

SESC São Paulo, São Paulo

 

2021 I have made a place, Norval Foundation, Cape Town

 

2021 This is Not Africa - unlearn what you have learned, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, Denmark

 

2021  Territories Between Us, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

 

2020 Upkeep: Everyday Strategies of Care, The Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago

 

2020 We Aim to Live: Contemporary Art from the Zuzāns Collection, Zuzeum Art Centre, Riga, Latvia

 

2020 NIRIN, 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Sydney

 

2020 VERBINDING – Connections, Rasa, Kapellen, Belgium

 

2019 the head the hand, blank projects, Cape Town

 

2019 Confinement: Politics of Space and Bodies, Contemporary Arts Center, Ohio

 

2019 Là où les eaux se mêlent (Where the water mingles), Biennale de Lyon, Lyon

 

2019 Speculative Inquiry #1 (on Abstraction), Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town

 

2019 The Empathy Lab, Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

 

2019 Sculpture, Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain Réunion, Réunion Island

 

2019 Material Insanity, Museum of African Contemporary Art Al Maaden, Marrakech

 

2019 Road to the Unconscious, Peres Projects, Berlin

 

2018 9 More Weeks, Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg

 

2018 blank, Galerie Guido W. Baudach, Berlin

 

2018 NOT A SINGLE STORY, Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg

 

2018 Sculpture, Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Port Louis, Mauritius

 

2018 More for less, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town

 

2018 Tell Freedom, Kunsthal Kade, Amersfoort

 

2017 Le jour qui vient, Galerie des Galeries, Paris

 

2017 WE CALL IT “AFRICA”, Officine dell’Immagine Gallery, Milan

 

2016 Figure, blank projects, Cape Town

 

2016 The Quiet Violence of Dreams, Stevenson Gallery, Johannesburg

 

2016 Nothing Personal, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa

 

2016 12th Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar, Senegal

 

2016 New Monuments, Commune.1, Cape Town

 

2016 iQhiya, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

 

2016 #theopening, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town

 

2016 3 881 days, blank lab, Cape Town

 

2015 Revisiting the Latent Archive, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town


 

IQHIYA PERFORMANCES

 

2017 The Portrait I, Documenta 14, Athens School of Fine Art, Athens, Greece

 

2016 The Portrait III, Infecting the City, The Women’s Court, Langa, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2016 The Portrait II, V & A Waterfront, in association with Museum Night and Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2016 The Commute pt II, Institute For Creative Arts, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2016 The Commute pt I, in association with Museum Night and Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

 

2016 The Portrait I, #theopening, Greatmore Studios, Cape Town, South Africa


 

AWARDS & RESIDENCIES

2022 Gasworks Residency, London

 

2019 First National Bank Art Prize, Johannesburg

 

2018 SAM Art Projects Residency, Paris

 

2018 CBK Zuidoost Residency, Amersfoort

 

2018 NIROX Sculpture Park residency

 

2015 Simon Gershwin Prize, University of Cape Town

 

2015 Merit Prize, Sasol New Signatures