Stephané Edith Conradie

 

 

Stephané Edith Conradie (b. 1990 Namibia) is a lecturer in printmaking at Stellenbosch University South Africa. Although primarily a trained printmaker, she is well known for her bricolage assemblages. She is currently also a PhD candidate in Visual Arts at the University of Stellenbosch, where she completed her MA in Visual Arts (Art Education) (cum laude) and her BA in Visual Arts (Fine Arts) (cum laude). Her research work focuses on trying to make sense of her social and economic ‘situatedness’, in a South African context. Her research stems from a fascination with how people categorise and arrange objects in their homes, particularly her own family members in both Namibia and South Africa. These objects have providedher with a language to investigate the creolised formations of identity that are linked to South Africa’s histories of colonialism, slavery, segregation and apartheid. Creolisation directs our attention towards the cultural phenomena and material culture that result from displacement and cultural influences, creating an ongoing, dynamic interchange of symbols and practices.Solo exhibitions include: Domestic Lives, Nomadic Belongings, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town (2019);Ordentilikheid: a creolised object, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town (2017). Selected group exhibitions include:Arco Lisboa, with Gallery MOMO, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); Transmissions, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town (2018); Cape to Tehran, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town and Johannesburg (2018); Redemptive Beauty, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town (2017); SS17, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town (2017); 30 x 30 under 30, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town (2016); Mexico Exchange Exhibition, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town (2016); Sasol New Signature Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria (2016); and Steller, Group Exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town (2015). Conradie’s been awarded with Swains Yard First Space Young Artist Studio Award and Rector’s Award for Excellent Academic Achievement, Stellenbosch University, both in 2014. She’s in the collections of Leridon Collection, France; Bennetton Collection: Small Canvas Competition Wits Art Museum Collection; UNISA Art Gallery; Spier Collection; GAUTREAUX Collection, Cansas City; and Galila Barzilaï-Hollander, Belgium. Lives and works in Stellenbosch, South Africa.