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Emma Willemse is a conceptual artist, lecturer and curator living and working in Riebeek Kasteel in the Swartland of the Western Cape. Her art-making practice deals with issues of displacement and is informed by her own experiences. Her artworks are technically varied, and include sculptural installations, printmaking, artist’s books, painting and drawing.

Emma has exhibited extensively in South Africa, Africa and abroad, and her works have been included in the Art Bank Joburg, the Nando’s Collection, the Arcadia Collection and the South African Embassy in Beijing. In 2017 she held a solo show of her artist’s books in Paris and in March 2018 she was the festival artist of the Woordfees in Stellenbosch with a retrospective exhibition of her works.

Emma holds a Masters in visual art from the University of South Africa, and qualifications in psychology and librarianship.

Artist CV

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA (FA) (PU for CHE) 1982;
  • HDLib (PU for CHE) 1984;
  • Hons B Bibl (UNISA) 1998;
  • Psychology III (UNISA) 2004;
  • Adv Dip Visual Art (UNISA) 2006 (Cum Laude);
  • MVA (UNISA) 2011 (Cum Laude)

    RECENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

    2018:

    March
    Solo show: Archiving loss and longing.
    Festival artist at the Woordfees, Stellenbosch

    July
    Feast your eyes exhibition, Nando's, Nottinghill, London.

    August
    Solo Studios event, Riebeek Kasteel

    October
    Participate in the Ethics, affect and endurance exhibition, coinciding with the 6th International Conference on Ethics Education, Spier, Stellenbosch

    October
    1:54 African Art Fair, London, in the Nando’s booth as well as a special project solo show, on invitation, called Rupture.

    December
    Participate in the Forward... exhibition, Stellenbosch University Centenary Exhibition.
    2017:

    March
    Participating in the Booknesses exhibition, FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg

    April
    Solo show: The body of the book
    L’Appartement gallery, Paris, France

    May
    Participate in the Winter Sculpture Fair, Nirox, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng

    June
    Participate in the Sculpture on the Cliffs exhibition curated by Lien Botha, Fynbos Art Festival, Hermanus

    August
    Solo Studios event, Riebeek Kasteel
    2016:

    April
    Participate in the group show entitled The crossing place curated by Mandy Conidaris, KKNK, Oudtshoorn.

    May
    Dak’Art Biennale, Dakar Senegal.
    Invited to exhibited the artist’s book installation entitled 100 ways to long for a home; and present a paper on the work at the AABF (African Art Book Fair)

    July
    Installation of 21 artist’s books accompanied by a performative intervention at the Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg.

    July
    Solo Studios event in Riebeek Kasteel.

    September
    Participating in the 100 Geographies group art exhibition hosted by the Society of South African Geographers. Stellenbosch University Art Museum, Stellenbosch.

    September
    Participating and hosting the GNAP (Global Nomadic Art Project), a nomadic collaboration with 9 international land artists.
    2015:

    July
    outoftheCube exhibition of artist’s books

    July
    Participate in the Turbine Art Fair at the outoftheCube booth

    July
    Participate in the Response show featuring Unisa visual arts lecturers, Unisa Gallery, Pretoria.

    September
    Participating in the South African art prints with 20 artists show under curatorship of Mandy Conidaris, Grenchen Triennale, Switzerland.

    October
    Florence Biennale, Italy. Receive second prize in the Installation category.

    November
    Retrospective show at Hoofstraat Conceptual, Riebeek Kasteel

    AWARDS

    Awarded second prize in the category Installations at the Florence Biennale, October 2015.

    ADJUDICATOR

    National adjudicator for the Sasol New Signatures 2016.

    Regional adjudicator for ABSA l’Atelier, Sasol New Signatures and Vuleka Art Competitions from 2013 to 2015.

    CURATOR

    2014:

    Curator of A torrent in the sandpit – an exhibition by Christel Liebenberg and Hanne-Lize Delport on the outoftheCUBE virtual gallery space
    2010-13:

    Curated UNISA students exhibitions, ArtB Gallery, Grande Provence Gallery, Franschhoek and the Lovell Gallery, Woodstock.
    2010:

    Insight exhibition at RustenVrede Gallery, Durbanville
    2008:

    Curator for Paper Blanket Project Exhibition on Main Festival at KKNK Arts Festival Oudtshoorn, comprising the works of ten private students.

    ART WORKS INCLUDED IN COLLECTIONS

  • SA Embassy, Beijing, China
  • Arcadia Collection
  • Eindhoven Collection: Artwork permanently installed at Nando’s Central Kitchen, Johannesburg
  • Art Bank Johannesburg
  • Rustenburg Civic Centre
  • Potchefstroom Museum
  • Potchefstroom University

    TEACHING WORK

    2008 till present:
    Contract lecturer in Visual Arts, UNISA, Cape Town based.

    Presenting short courses and art retreats in personal capacity.

    PAPER DELIVERED AT CONFERENCE

    Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by Department of English Studies, UNISA, with title Memory: impressions, expressions, reflections, March 2012. Paper title: How to remember a home: tracing comparative lines in the artworks of Rachel Whiteread, Cornelia Parker and Emma Willemse.


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