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Naadira Patel



Type of book work: Unique / sculptural book-object (one-of-a-kind)
Dimensions: 210 x 146
Media: Printed on Cyclus Offset 100% Recycled Paper

Artist's / designer's statements

Daydream is inspired by architectural quirks and interesting spaces in the Newtown / Fordsburg neighborhood, related to mining and the gold rush, aspiration for wealth and the dream of escape.

I started the City Coloring Book Series in May 2016 during a residency at the Bag Factory in Fordsburg. Each book is a collection of drawings and collages, observations of a neighborhood, and reflections on the conditions within and through which certain neighborhoods exist and thrive.

The books look at heritage in the city, the influx of the new, bridges that divide and connect, the upsurge of new property developments and a mixed blend of aesthetics that speak to Johannesburg as a city in flux.

Artist / Academic


2015 RMA Cultural Analysis, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam.
2010 BA Fine Arts, Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand
2006 Parktown High School for Girls, Johannesburg.

Awards and Grants

2014/15 National Arts Council of South Africa, International Study
The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, South Africa
Stichting Studiefonds voor Zuid-Afrikaanse Studenten, Zuid Afrika Huis, Amsterdam
2013 SKILL Scholarship, SAVUSA (South Africa-VU University Amsterdam-Strategic Alliances)
2011 Anya Millman Scholarship for distinction in Fine Arts in 2010

Projects / Residencies

2016 Kooshk Residency x Bag Factory Artists Studios: Johannesburg and Tehran
2015 Journées du Patrimoine, St Denis, Reunion Island.
2013 Taxi Poetry, Johannesburg (Wits School of Arts + The Goethe Institute Johannesburg)
Urban Scenographies, Ouakam, Senegal
I Had A Dream, Johannesburg and Basel
2012 Café Exchange, Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg
2011-13 Play>Urban: Johannesburg and Strasbourg
2011 ArtConnect: Johannesburg


Solo shows - Grammars of Desire, The Parking Gallery, New Doornforntein, Johannesburg.

Group shows:
2017 Booknesses Exhibition, FADA Gallery, UJ.
2016 / 2017 - Unfinished City, Museum of African Design, Maboneng
2016 Open Studio at the Bag Factory, Johannesburg
- Open Studio at Darbast Platform, Mohsen Gallery, Tehran
2013 HereThere: A Conversation between Michaelis and WITS Masters students. Michaelis Galleries, UCT
- The Life of Forms, Goethe on Main, Johannesburg
2012 Into Thin Air, Artycok.tv, online exhibition
- Out Of Thin Air, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town
- Joburg, Joburg, Orlando and Wemmerpan: Interventions at Santarama Miniland, Johannesburg
2010 NEWWORK2010, Wits Fine Arts Graduate Show, Johannesburg
- Martiennsen Prize exhibition, Museum Africa, Johannesburg
2009 Grotesque: The Elusive Figure, Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg 2008 I Was So Much Older Then, Moja Modern Contemporary Art Gallery, Johannesburg
- Top Achievers Show, Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg

Published Writing

2016 Patel, N. (2016) "Perceiving Imagined Enemies in Harun Farocki's Serious Games I-IV" in Digressions: Amsterdam Journal of Critical Theory, Cultural Analysis and Creative Writing. 2016. Vol 2 Issue 1. Amsterdam. Web.
2015 Patel, N. (2015) "Peer Review For MADEYOULOOK.zip" in […] Ellipses online journal for Contemporary practice. web
2014 Mogotsi, T, Osteroth, K and Patel N. (2014) "Public practices': Project Space at the Substatiion, Wits School of Arts" in Wide Angle Photography as Participatory Practice, eds Terry Kurgan and Tracy Murinik, Fourthwall Books, 2014, Johannesburg. epub.
2012 Sorry No Refunds, Art South Africa, Issue 10.4, p38.

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