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Olivia Botha

South Africa 

Olivia Botha is a multi-disciplinary artist working predominately in video performance, installation, collage, and painting. She is interested in concepts of language – how we communicate, and how we are unable to communicate. Through this framework, Botha explores the different ways in which our relationships – with inanimate objects, as well as the animate – affect our lives. Botha was born in Bloemfontein and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a Fine Arts degree from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town, where she graduated in 2017. In 2018, Botha received the Cassirer Welz Award, which resulted in a new body of work exhibited at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg. After her residency at the Bag Factory, she stayed on as a resident artist at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios. Botha has also participated in numerous group shows, most notably at The African Center in New York City, the Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg, the ABSA Gallery in Johannesburg, and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare. In 2018, Botha received the Moleskine Foundation Scholarship, granting her the opportunity to participate in the AtWork workshop conducted by Simon Njami and Andrew Tshabangu at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare. In 2019, the artist was invited to attend a workshop presented by Penny Siopis as part of Siopis’s residency programme at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo.

Her video work, Silence Bleeding, was screened at the Labia Theatre in Cape Town in 2019 and at the International Short Film Festival in CortoLovere, Italy as part of the Video Art Awards. Most recently, Botha was the recipient of a 12-month fellowship with the renowned DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program, as well as a 2-month residency at SCAC Marestaing in France, both of which she undertook during 2021-2022.

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Olivia Botha; Let Them Feel the Full Weight of it All
12 Oct 2023
Sold for ZAR 8 208
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