I experiment with the spectacle and impact my body can make on those around me through live and interactive performances. My work embodies action in confrontation of thoughts, practices and mores using my own body and interaction with others. It is mostly placed in the context of public spaces. My practice has been concerned with the female body and how it is perceived in different cultures. 


As a woman, I am aware of how I am looked at, and the pressure felt by women to look and behave in certain ways. This varies from culture to culture. I have looked at the differences and similarities evident in different cultures and experimented with combining these differences in performances to create contrasts to comment on the various types of oppression women deal with on a daily basis. I have worn different garments to experience for myself people’s responses to me in those clothes, and how women might feel wearing them, and incorporated this into performances. This has progressed into addressing societal behaviours in and towards women. I am currently developing work that addresses the power structures involved in rituals and how they have affected gender politics throughout history as well as in contemporary societies and cultures.

Experience

Young Artist. Johannesburg. 2004-2014




public space independent performances:

Tanning at Rosebank Mall - Rosebank Mall, Johannesburg, 2006.

Voices - Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, 2007.

Carrion - Trafalgar Square, London, 2008.

Waiting at Park Station - Park Station, Johannesburg, 2007.

Stained - gold mine dump in Ophirton, Johannesburg, 2012.

CPR - various parks around the city of Johannesburg, 2012.

The Last Supper - various locations on the streets of Braamfontein, Jhannesburg, 2014.

Suicide - Main Street Life, Maboneng, Johannesburg, 2012.

OpRR (Operation Refuse Relocation) - Plein Street outside Drill Hall and  President Street outside City Hall, Johannesburg, 2006. (collaboration with Storm Makings.)

HIV/AIDS: In It Together - Outside the Johannesburg Theatre and on the streets of Braamfontein, Jphannesburg. Performance art/activism series of choreographed performances.

Tanning at E-Toll Gantry - E-Toll gantry on N1 near Beyers Naude offramp, Johannesburg, 2013.


group exhibitions:

Detours Festival. Wits University, Johannesburg, 2014. A performing Arts Festival showcasing experimental avenues in movement composition.

Play>Urban. Strasbourg, France. A multimedia exhibition held at the Le Maillon theatre in Strasbourg, following a three-week residency, working with scenographers and artists from Johannesburg and Strasbourg. (2013) - funded by the DAC.

HereThere Exhibition. Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, 2013. A visual and performative conversation between Michaelis and Wits Masters students.

ABSA Design Ndaba. (2012)

Sasol New Signatures awards exhibition. Pretoria Art Museum, 2012.

HIV/AIDS: In It Together Exhibition. Canteen at Arts on Main, Maboneng, Johannesburg, 2011. Video and photographic documentation of performance art/activism series of choreographed performances.

Assemblage Launch exhibition. Main Street Life, Johannesburg, 2011.

ABSA “Le Atelier” awards exhibition. ABSA, Johannesburg, 2009.

PPC Young Sculptor Award exhibition. Association of Arts Pretoria, 2009. First performance piece to have been showed in this annual show in its history.

Collaborations exhibition. Wolmarans Street Gallery, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2007.

In Progress exhibition. This took place at an unfinished half-built house in Johannesburg, 2007.

Student exhibition. Wits Gallery, Johannesburg 2007. (only selected students exhibit their work)

Sasol New Signatures awards exhibition. Pretoria Art Museum, 2006. Received the Runner up award. Exhibition travelled to the Aardklop arts festival in Potchefstroom.

Student exhibition. Wits Gallery, Johannesburg 2006. (only selected students exhibit their work)

Martiennsen Prize exhibition. Wits Gallery, Johannesburg, 2006. Merit award

Student exhibition. Wits Gallery, Johannesburg 2005 (only selected students exhibit their work)

Herd exhibition. Bag Factory Gallery, New Town, Johannesburg, 2004.

Student exhibition. Wits Gallery, Johannesburg 2004. (only selected students exhibit their work)


solo exhibition:

Destined. Substation gallery, Wits University, Johannesburg, 2011. Artist led audience performed show.



Graphic Designer, Africa Digital, Johannesburg. 1997-2013

Gina has been in a partnership with Tim Kraft for sixteen years, running a sound recording and production company. As visual director, she designs any visual elements necessary for her own business as well as for external clients, including catalogues, corporate identities, books, pamphlets and CD/DVD covers, while Tim Kraft records and produces music albums, jingles for television, and film scores.




art awards

Runner up in the Sasol New Signatures Art Competition in 2006.

Exhibited in the 2009 ABSA Le ‘Atelier Award competition.

Exhibited in the PPC Young Sculptor award competition.

Exhibited two works in the Sasol New Signatures competition 2012, one of which was an interactive performance that incorporated the audience.





Education

degree

MA Fine Art (in progress) - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

BA Fine Arts Honours, 2008 - University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa



academic awards

E J A Loerincz Scholarship

Buntman Family Bursary

Anya Millman Scholarship

Certificate of First Class (English Literature in Context 1)

Certificate of First Class (Fine arts IIA)

Certificate of First Class (Fine Arts IIB)

Certificate of Merit (Design and Drawing IIA)

Certificate of First Class (Sculpture IIIB)

Certificate of First Class (Sculpture IIIA)

Certificate of First Class (Design and Drawing IIIB)

Certificate of First Class (Design and Drawing IIIA)

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