Olivia Botha’s unique work has been included in a number of group exhibitions at David Krut Projects in Johannesburg, most recently in Kind of Blue, which was exhibited at the Parkwood gallery space over the December 2019/January 2020 festive period.
In March 2020, Botha spent some time working closely with David Krut Workshop (DKW) printer, Sarah Hunkin, exploring the monotype technique, experimenting with the unpredictable translation of her mark into print.
Oliva Botha is a multi-disciplinary visual 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, and is currently living and working in Johannesburg as a resident artist at the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios.
She holds a Fine Art 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. Botha has also participated in numerous group shows, most notably at The African Center in New York, Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg, ABSA Gallery in Johannesburg and at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare.
In 2018, Botha was a recipient of 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.
Another recent highlight is the screening of her video work, Silence Bleeding, 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.
David Krut Inside Story – Olivia Botha on her first collaboration with the David Krut Workshop