BARBARA WILDENBOER

BIOGRAPHY

BARBARA WILDENBOER 

(B. 21 November, 1973) 

 

Barbara Wildenboer has participated in several group exhibitions and art fairs both nationally and internationally, including South Africa, San Francisco, Washington, London, Dubai, Sydney and Hong Kong.

In 2011 she was nominated and subsequently selected as one of the top 20 finalists for the Sovereign African Arts Award for which she received the Public Choice Prize.

She has been awarded several international residencies such as the Unesco-Aschberg residency (Jordan, 2006), the Al Mahatta residency (Palestine, 2009) and the Red De Residencias Artisticas Local (Bogota, Colombia, 2011), the Rimbun Dahan artist residency (Penang, Malaysia, 2013), L’Atelier Sur Seine (Fontainebleau, France 2016).

Wildenboer lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. She obtained a Masters in Fine Art (cum laude) from the Michaelis School of Art at the University of Cape Town in 2007.

Before that she completed a BA (Ed) with majors in English literature, Psychology and Pedagogics at the University of Pretoria in 1996 followed by a Bachelor of Visual Arts from UNISA.

 

 

EDUCATION

2007

MFA (with distinction), Michaelis School of Art, UCT

2003

Bachelor of Visual Arts, UNISA

1996

BA (Ed) with majors in English literature and Psychology, University of Pretoria 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

 2017

Booknesses: South African Artists’ Books - FADA Gallery, As part of the BOOKNESSESS COLLOQUIEM held at the University of Johannesburg.

By the Book, Kaller Fine Arts, Washington DC

Reality Check, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town 

2016

This is Not a Book, The San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, California, USA

Surface and Subtext, Everard Read Gallery, Cape Town

nano- Barnard Gallery, Cape Town 

2016/2015

Map of the New Art – Imago Mundi – Luciano Benetton Collection, Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore, Venezia, Italy and New York

2016

The Art of the Book, The Seager Gray Gallery, San Francisco, USA

Lush, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch 

2015 

Ten years of Artists Books, A collection of artists’ books curated for the Brooklyn Public Library, New York.

Picture & Paper, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

The Spiritual in the Material, Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Johannesburg

The Art of the Book, The Seager Gray Gallery, San Francisco, USA

The Artist as Author, Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudshoorn, Karoo

Empire, Everard Read, Cape Town

2014

Butterflies in my Stomach, XVA Gallery, Al Fahidi, DUBAI

Capital: Contemporary, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria, South Africa

The Art of the Book, The Seager Gray Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2013

Crossing the Divide Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa

Wonder Works, The Space, HONG KONG

2012

Conversations, Sydney, AUSTRALIA

Clover Aardklop Arts Festival, Potcheftstroom, South Africa

2011

Implemented Environments, Brundyn & Gonsalves, Cape Town, South Africa

2010

The Mysteries and Mechanics of Perception, iArt, Cape Town, South Africa

Es(Cape), Pretoria Kunsvereniging, Pretoria, South Africa

Return to the Land, Klein Karoo Kunstefees, Oudshoorn, South Africa

Matters Conceptually(part I and II), ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town, South Africa

Reading between the lines, US Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa      

2009

3d Riwaq Biennale, Birzeit, Palestine

2008-2009

Construct: Beyond the Documentary Photograph (Travelling exhibition) Unisa Gallery, Pretoria, KZN Gallery, Durban, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Gallery, Port Elizabeth, Grahamstown Art Festival (Main show), Grahamstown, Goethe Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa 

2008

Print 08: Myth, Memory and the Archive, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Woodstock, South Africa

2007

Greenhouse, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Lourensford estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2017

The Invisible Gardener, Everard Read Gallery /CIRCA, Cape Town

2016

Mythematics, Mcontemporary, Sydney

2015

Something Rather Than Nothing, The Cat Street Gallery, Hong Kong

2014

The Lotus Eaters, The Reservoir Gallery, Oliewenhuis, Bloemfontein

William Humphreys Museum, Kimberley

North West University, Potchefstroom

2013

Disjecta Membra, Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong

2012

Canaries in the Coalmine, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town and Aardklop, Potchefstroom

2011

Library of the Infinitesimally Small and Unimaginably Large, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town

2008

Present Absence/Absent Presence, ErdmannContemporary, Cape Town

Vanitas, AVA, Cape Town

2006

Everyday Alchemy, Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

2004

Rites of Passage, AVA, Cape Town 

 

ART FAIRS

2017

Art Africa Fair, Cape Town

Cape Town International Art Fair, Cape Town

2016

Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg

artMRKT international art fair in San Francisco, USA

Cape Town Art Fair, CT

2015

Sydney Art Fair, Australia

Fringe Art Fair, Johannesburg

Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg

artMRKT international art fair in San Francisco, United States

Art Central Art Fair, Hong Kong

2014

Singapore Art Fair, Singapore

Art Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan

artMRKT international art fair in San Francisco, United States

2013

Cape Town International Art Fair, Cape Town

Joburg Art Fair Johannesburg  

2012

Art International Zurich, Switzerland


SITE-SPECIFIC INSTALLATION

2016

Collaboration with 50ty50ty prints http://www.fiftyfifty.co.za/

2015

DEKOR-Z Collaborative site specific installation with Liza Grobler

2013

Chance Favours the Connected Mind Collaborative installation with Liza Grobler

2009

Mother Tongue. Site specific installation Riwaq Biennale, Birzeit, Palestine

2008

Public Memorial for Olive Schreiner, Kalk Bay

2006

Epitaph, (Collaboration with Sima Zereikat), Darat al Funun, Amman, Jordan

2004

SPIER SCULPTURE BIENALE, Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch 

  

PRIZES, AWARDS, RESIDENCIES

2016

L’Air Arts Residency, at L’Atelier sur Seine, Fontainebleau, France

2013

Rimbun Dahan residency (Penang, Malaysia, 2013)

2011

Public Vote Prize, Sovereign African Arts Award (http://www.sovereignartfoundation.com/art-prizes/african/index.php)

Awarded the Red De Residencias Artísticas Local at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, (Bogotá, Colombia) to be undertaken during the course of the year.

2009

Al Mahatta residency (Palestine)

2006

Unesco-Aschberg residency (Jordan)

MacIver Scholarship

2005/6

KW Johnstone Scholarship

Jules Kramer Award

Harry Crossley Scholarship

2002

Overall winner: Vuleka, ArtB, Bellville

Best work in another medium, Vuleka, ArtB, Bellville

2000

Merit award: M-WEB NEW SIGNATURES, ArtB, Bellville