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About The Artist

Jenna Burchell is an award winning South African artist. In her practice, Burchell is driven to find ways to preserve the fragile and ephemeral nature of memory and experience. Often this involves fusing the digital with the natural world in order to create vessels, archives and libraries where in the historical is subverted with narratives from the periphery. Burchell's process is stochastic, it allows function and relational aesthetics to direct the physical formation of her work. This often results in sculptural sound objects and large-scale interactive environments in which the audience must be present. People, communities and places are rooted in the essence of her practice.

Burchell (born 1985) has exhibited at various national and international galleries, museums and institutions. Her works have been featured as special projects at select art fairs including: The Art15 (London), and the FNB Joburg Art Fair (South Africa). She was the recipient of the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Award (2011) and has been a resident artist at sculpture parks such as the YSP and Nirox. Her traveling solo project titled Homing was featured on the main programme at the National Arts Festival, Makhanda (2014). Burchell has recently completed a series of permanent outdoor sound installations that form part of her international project titled Songsmith, resident at the Spier Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa (2018).

COMMISSIONS

  • 2019 - Department of Arts and Culture: Songsmith (Spirit of the Khoisan). Permanent Installation commissioned for Sarah Bartmann Center of Remembrance, Hankey, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
  • 2018 - Spier Arts Trust: Songsmith (The Great Karoo). Permanent Installation commissioned for Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

GRANTS

  • 2015 - Soundlands Public Art Grant: Songsmith (Bangor City). Bangor City, Wales, United Kingdom.
  • 2015 - Afrika Burn Art Grant: The Geographers. Tankwa, Karoo, South Africa.
  • 2014 - National Arts Festival Main Program Grant: Homing. Makhanda, South Africa.
  • 2013 - Ithuba Arts Fund: Homing. Johannesburg, South Africa.

AWARDS & COMPETITIONS

  • 2011 - Thambi Mnyele Fine Arts Award: Overall Winner.
  • 2010 - Absa Atilier Contemporary Fine Arts Awards: Top 100.
  • 2009 - Thambi Mnyele Fine Arts Award: New Media Merit Award.
  • 2009 - Sasol New Signatures: Top 100.
  • 2006 - Coca Cola Bursary Award for Studies in Arts.
  • 2005 - Golden Key Society Membership for Academic Excellence.
  • 2003 - Johan Canon Art Trophy.

RESIDENCIES

  • 2017 - Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Yorkshire, United Kingdom.
  • 2016 - Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng, South Africa.
  • 2015 - Soundlands, Bangor City, Wales, United Kingdom.
  • 2014 - National Arts Festival, Makhanda, South Africa.
  • 2012 - Arteles Residency, Hämeenkyrö, Finland.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • 2016 - Songsmith (Cradle of Humankind). FNB Joburg Art Fair, Gallery Solo Project. Presented by Sulger-Buel Lovell, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 2014 - Homing. Lovell Conceptual, Woodstock, Capetown, South Africa
  • 2014 - Homing. Rhodes School of Art Gallery, National Arts Festival (Main Program), Makhanda, South Africa.
  • 2008 - Murmur. Silence. Touch. Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

ART FAIRS & SPECIAL PROJECTS (SELECTED)

  • 2019 - Investec Cape Town Art Fair. Represented by Sulger-Buel Gallery, Capetown, South Africa.
  • 2018 - 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Represented by Sulger-Buel Gallery, London UK.
  • 2017 - 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Represented by Sulger-Buel Lovell, London, UK.
  • 2017 - Cape Town Art Fair. Represented by Sulger-Buel Lovell, Capetown, South Africa.
  • 2015 - Art 15. Special Project: Homing. Represented by Sulger-Buel Lovell, London, United Kingdom
  • 2015 - FNB Joburg Art Fair. Special Project: The Narrators. Represented by Sulger-Buel Lovell, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2014 - Turbine Art Fair. Special Project: Homing. Represented by Lovell Conceptual, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 2013 - Turbine Art Fair. Special Project: Urban Wetlands. Represented by Lovell Conceptual, Johannesburg, South Africa.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

  • 2019 - This Land I Name Yesterday. With Jaco van Schalkwyk and Wayne Matthews. Barnard Gallery, Capetown, South Africa.
  • 2018 - Sweep Landskip: curated by Roberto Eckholm. Kino Kindo, Sandness, Norway.
  • 2018 - EVE. With Sonja Braas, Renee Cox, Guerrilla Girls, Mekhala Bahl and Anthony Gormley. Amar Gallery, London, UK.
  • 2017 - Songsmith (Yorkshire Sculpture Park). Ephemeral installation, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, United Kingdom.
  • 2016 - A Place In Time: curated by Helen Pheby. Winter Sculpture Fair, Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, South Africa.
  • 2016 - Songsmith (Bangor City). Soundlands, Bangor City, Wales, United Kingdom.
  • 2015 - Altered Realities: curated by Johan Conradie. Association of Arts, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • 2015 - The Geographers. Afrika Burn, Tankwa, Karoo, South Africa
  • 2014 - Make It New: curated by Rayda Becker, Jos Thorne, Jane Solomon and Isabel Schneider. World Design Capital Exhibition, Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 2013 – Stay: curated by Lavendhri Arumugam. Ithuba Arts Gallery, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 2013 - Digi Re-Engineering: curated by K vd Walt, J de Rooster, J Lebeko and B Mknonza. UNISA art gallery, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • 2012 - Terra Firma: curated by Elfriede Dreyer. Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • 2012 - A.R.T: curated by Carol Brown. Travelling group show: Smithsonian, Washington DC; Michealis Galleries, Capetown, South Africa; Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa; KZNSA art Gallery, Durban, South Africa.
  • 2012 - The Hanging Gardens: curated by Paul Bayliss. KKNK arts festival, Outdshoorn, South Africa.
  • 2011 - Designs of Nature: curated by Elfriede Dreyer. Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa. With; Rina Strutzer, Frikkie Ekstein and Christian Hattingh.
  • 2010 - Bodies in Transition: curated by Elfriede Dreyer. Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • 2010 - Dystopia: curated by Elfriede Dreyer and Jacob Lebeko. Traveling group show: Oliewenhuis Museum, Bloemfontein (2010); Museum Africa, Johannesburg (2009); UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria (2009).
  • 2009 - The Point will be Defeated. Platform on 18th Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa.
  • 2009 - Addict Lab 09. Design Square, Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • 2008 - Fabrication: curated by Audrey Anderson. Magpie Gallery, Centurion, South Africa.
  • 2008 - Bewilderness. With Retha Furguson. Magpie Gallery, Centurion, South Africa.
  • 2007 - i spy: in completion of Fine Arts Degree (Hons). SACTE building, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa.

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