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Frans Smit

Liza Grobler

iza Grobler is a South African artist who works with a variety of media often exploring ideas that bring together physical and psychological spaces and historical and ecological scapes. Her practice is built around process, putting materiality and ephemerality of the objects and media she works with in tension.

In 2016, she was a recipient of the Africa Centre Award and a IZIKO Museums commission to create a site-specific work for the National Gallery. Other career highlights include: a solo project for Cape Town International Art Fair (2017), a commissioned public artwork for Cape Town International Design Capital (2015) and the screening of her video work at the ADDIS International Video Arts Festival (Ethiopia) and at MOFO for Forever Now (Tasmania and Deep Space, 2015). She was nominated for the Helgaard Steyn National Award for Contemporary Painting (2015), as well as short-listed for the Commonwealth Arts and Craft Award(2006). She attended residencies in Norway, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Mexico, India, the United States (ARTOMI and Residency Unlimited) and initiated an international residency and exhibition ‘Smokey Signals from the Groot Karoo’ in South Africa (2017). Exhibitions include, solo exhibitions nationally and international group and site-specific projects. Blindfolded Line, Dancing Through Time (2014), travelled to various museums in South Africa. Her most recent solo at Everard Read Cape Town, ‘A rainbow in my pocket’, concluded in November 2019 and her short film, ,‘Voices at a Divided Fountain’ debuted in Belgrade in the same month and is currently on show in Zrenjanin (Serbia) as part of Hybrid Narratives hybrid histories. Her beaded work in collaboration Qaqambile bead studio was showcased at the Context Art Miami Fair in December 2019.

She is represented by Everard Read Galleries (Cape Town, Johannesburg, London) and Uitstalling Art Gallery (Genk, Belgium)