Bronwyn Katz, Grond Herinnering (Soil Memory), 2015. Video, 3min 52sec. Courtesy of the artist.
Bronwyn Katz has been selected to partake as one of the artist in the SAM artist-in-residence 2018. SAM Art Projects will be sponsoring her studio at Cité International des Arts in Paris. The work produced during the residency will be exhibited at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, and curated by Marie Ann-Yemsi. Julieta Garcia Vasquez, who will also be part of the residency, was chosen by a committee of leading figures in the art world.
Bronwyn Katz lives and works in South Africa, where she recently finished a year-long residency at The Bag Factory in Johannesburg. Her work incorporates sculpture, installation, video and performance; and her artistic practice lends to notions of object, person and lived spaces. She is also a founding member of the women artist collective, iQhiya, based in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Commenting on how land and memory can make room for alternative histories, Bronwyn states: “Memory is embedded in land. In my [practice], land is represented as a repository of memory. I refer to my personal memory of land as a component of a larger memory of land, where land memorizes the pre-colonial, the colonial and the neo-colonial. I reflect on the trajectory from my ancestors to my present through the capacity of the land to remember, to be scarred, to hold the residue and to create opportunities for alternative histories/narratives.”
The SAM artist-in-residence exhibition will be on view at Palais de Tokyo, Paris for the duration of 22 June – 9 September 2018.
Bronwyn Katz, Stokkies (detail), 2017. Steel, foam and salvaged mattress fabric, 250 x 55 x 10 cm.
Koebye Hoerikwaggo, 2017. Salvaged wire, 200 x 180 x 36cm.
Markings of buried gold, 2017. Salvaged wire and mattress lining, 186 x 151 x 25cm.