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Abrie Fourie



Type of book work: Editioned / printed work & Digital work
Dimensions: 300 x 120 x 40
Media: Oblong and Z-fold leparello with photographic prints
Presented as a slide show, the images from the book are panned across the screen
Single channel HD projection, no audio
Duration 33 minutes
Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/176805211
Password: Hope Street

Artist's / designer's statements

As an artist keen to explore diverse and alternative avenues, though I specialise in photography and digital media, I prefer not be bound by a specific genre. Rather, I see myself in broader more flexible terms, focusing on finding ways to best express or investigate ideas, experiences and concepts, whether personal, political or universal.

Working in response to the immediate environment and culture, my usual process involves collecting found-images from the real world creating visual metaphors that trigger shifts in perception. In this way the random, ephemeral and mundane are deconstructed and transmuted. Rather than arrive with a preconceived idea, I assimilate first-hand perceptions, and find inspiration through networking and interaction with a particular environment. Moreover, to a certain extent, my process undermines artistic autonomy and ownership. In this regard I enjoy entering into collaborations where the boundaries between individuals blur and expand into less predictable, more interesting artistic territories. Projects thus develop a life of their own.

In this way, I combine perennial themes and interests, with my own and others' spontaneous perspectives and experiences. Essentially I am interested in moments, forgotten, remembered or unnoticed, in images that are able to trigger the collective consciousness. My work is the telling of known and unknown stories, personal and public, visual narratives that speak about metamorphosis, rebirth and the ephemeral, infinite nature of life.


Type of book work: Editioned / printed work & Digital work
Dimensions: 290 x 230

Artist's / designer's statements

Oblique has been adapted into a HD film installation with changing slides of all the images included in the book and narrated by the actor Marcel van Heerden.

Artist / Academic / Curator


1995 Certificate in Curatorship, AICA (Africus Institute for Contemporary Art Johannesburg Biennale), Johannesburg, South Africa
1993 National Diploma Fine Arts, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

Selected Awards / Grants / Residencies

2007 Africa Center Spier Contemporary Award, Cape Town, South Africa
2004 Artist-in-Residence, ArtOmi International Artist Residency. Ghent, New York
2003 Brett Kebble Award for Photography, Cape Town, South Africa
2002 First National Bank VITA Awards Nominee, Johannesburg, South Africa;
1999 Artist-in-Residence, Ampersand Foundation Fellowship, New York

Selected Solo Exhibitions / Projects

2016 Oblique: The So-called Fruits of Lives, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa
2014 Oblique, curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, USA
2012 Oblique, curated by Storm Janse van Rensburg, Johannesburg Art Gallery
2005 End of the World, curated by Kwezi Gule, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa
2004 End of the World, curated by Laurie Farrell, Museum for African Art, New York, USA

Selected Collections

Daimler Art Collection, Stuttgart/ Berlin, Germany
Jack Ginsberg Book Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa
SAFFCA Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa;
Savannah College of Art and Design, Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, United States of America
Sindika Dokolo African collection of contemporary art, Luanda, Angola

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