Visual Arts (Sculpture, Painting and Video)
Berni Searle was born in Cape Town in 1964 where she now lives and works teaching at the Michaelis School of Fine Art. She works with photography, video, and film to produce lens-based installations that stage narratives connected to history, memory, and place. Often politically and socially engaged, her work also draws on the universal emotions associated with vulnerability, loss and beauty.
In 2003 she received the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, with a resulting solo exhibition, Float, which toured nationally. In 2004 Searle was short-listed for the international Artes Mundi award and was a Rockefeller Bellagio Creative Arts fellow in 2014. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in South Africa and internationally.
Thick solid black outlines encapsulate Nardstar’s graffiti pieces. From animals, to plants and letters, the bold street art is immediately recognisable as belonging to one of the city’s up-and-coming graffiti writers
In 2014 Huffington Post placed Nardstar on its list of 25 women pushing street art internationally. In a recent interview, Nardstar indicated she feels positive about the coming year and aims to continue pushing her online store goawaystudio.com. In 2015 she participated in a group show and a solo show.
Bongi Bengu left South Africa in 1978 when her family went into political exile. As a student in Swaziland, she received distinction for a research project, which included interviewing established and major artists. It is through that eye opening exercise and exposure to the art establishment at such a young age that she decided to become an artist.
She obtained a BA in Fine Arts, Cum Laude from Mount Vernon College in Washington D.C. in 1993, and and a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape town, in 1997. She is the recipient of numerous awards, exhibited widely and has participated in several international residencies and workshops.