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ROXANDRA DARDAGAN BRITZ
"It's an ill wind."


ROXANDRA DARDAGAN BRITZ
"Rising waters, where to go?"


ROXANDRA DARDAGAN BRITZ
Pig (From set of 16 Political Animals)


ROXANDRA DARDAGAN BRITZ
Fence Sitter (From set of 16 Policial Animals)


ROXANDRA DARDAGAN BRITZ
Opportunist (From set of 16 Political Animals)


ROXANDRA DARDAGAN BRITZ
Untitled (Wild Boar) (From set of 16 Political Animals)


ROXANDRA DARDAGAN BRITZ
Goat (From set of 16 Political Animals)


ROXANDRA DARDAGAN BRITZ
Untitled (Hyena) (From set of 16 Political Animals)


ROXANDRA DARDAGAN BRITZ
Wounded (From set of 16 Political Animals)


ROXANDRA DARDAGAN BRITZ
Fragment (Triptych)


Artist's statement

I am a printmaker and specialize in etching and four- plate colour etching. I was born in Zimbabwe and grew up in the small farming town of Banket, where my parents ran a large general store which served a flourishing farming community. In 1979, at the height of the bush war, when Rhodesia was on the brink of forming an interim government, they were killed in the Viscount Umniati which was shot down by Joshua Nkomo's Zipra faction. My work explores socio /political issues and themes which are largely auto-biographical. Like black and white photography, etching is used as social commentary, where incidents in Zimbabwe's history, such as the genocide in Matabeleland in the early 1980's and the land invasions of 2000, are recorded. While references are made to the Zimbabwean situation, the themes of violence, genocide, Diaspora and identity are universal.

The aftermath of the violent death of my parents is presented in the seminal work "Debris" where the subject of debris. In any disaster (whether it is man-made, natural or born out of violent acts) those affected by what has happened, are left to "sift" through the aftermath in order to make sense of what has happened. In the work "Debris", (a hand-coloured etching with over 600 small plates), figures "sift" through landscapes of debris. One may recall images of 911 or the Tsunami in 2004, in this instance it is a reference to my parent's plane crash, where I have been left to "sift" through and make sense of what has happened. It is universal in it's theme, in that we all have debris of some sort to deal with.

Biography

Born: Harare, Zimbabwe, 5 July 1962

Education

Higher Education Diploma, Rhodes University 1992, Master of Fine Arts (Graphics)
Rhodes University 1988, Bachelor of Fine Arts (Cum Laude Graphic Design)
Rhodes University 1984

Exhibitions

2007    Work short listed for Spier Contemporary 2007
            Solo Exhibition "Debris" Upstairs@Bamboo, Johannesburg
2006    Work selected for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Museum Biennale, Port Elizabeth
2005    Solo Exhibition "Debris"  National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2004    Exhibition with Anne Collins Cuyler Street Gallery, Port Elizabeth
2003    "Console" Group Show, National Arts Festival - Grahamstown
2003    Strydom and Jordaan, George
2003    Print Exchange portfolio exhibition "Cross Cultural Identities" with University of Wisconsin
            International Printmaking Conference  Iziko National Museum Cape Town
2002    "Awakenings" National Arts Festival with André Roodt, Mythic Home, Port Elizabeth
            Summer Exhibition, Strydom and Jordaan Gallery, George
            EPSAC, Port Elizabeth - Best work on show
2001    "Egazini - Battle of Grahamstown" National Venues and Iceland
            Cuyler Street Gallery, Port Elizabeth
            "Egazini" Exhibition, National Arts Festival Grahamstown
            Summer Exhibition, Strydom and Jordaan Gallery, George
1999    "Fishwives" National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
1998    Group Exhibition, Old Goal, Knysna
            Exhibited with André Roodt and Diane Maclean, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
            East Cape Art Exhibition, Pretoria and Bloemfontein
            Retrospective Rhodes Graphics Exhibition, Grahamstown
1996    Two man Exhibition with Vusi Khumalo, National Arts Festival Grahamstown, entitled "Two Worlds"
            GAP, Exhibition, Port Elizabeth
            Cuyler Street Gallery Exhibition, Port Elizabeth
1995    Caversham Press Graphics Exhibition entitled "Spirit of our Stories" Nationally and
            Grahamstown Festival of the Arts.
            Contributed work to an Exhibition of South African Art at the Chicago Museum
1993    Rhodes University Alumni Exhibition, National Arts  Festival Grahamstown.
            GAP Exhibition, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
1992    GAP Exhibition
            Johan Carinus Art Centre Staff Exhibition, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
1991    Johan Carinus Art Centre Staff Exhibition, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
1990/1 Strydom and Jordaan Gallery, George
1989    Eastern Cape Profile Exhibition, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
            Graphic Art Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Harare.
1988    Contemporary Zimbabwean Art, Gallery Delta
1987    Master of Fine Art Exhibition, Rhodes Art School, Grahamstown
            Volkskas National Exhibition
1984    Rolfes for student Art -work highly commended
1981/88  Exhibited locally and nationally with Rhodes Art School.

Commissions and Awards

KPMG Art Collection Johannesburg.
Kimberly Museum Permanent Collection
Attorney General's Office, Johannesburg
Mural Commission, Rhodes University, Grahamstown
MTN Print Collection
Rhodes University Collection
André Brink Collection
Best work on show EPSAC (Eastern Cape Fine Art Society, Port Elizabeth
2002    Work highly commended and purchased by Rolfes
1984    Purvis Art prize, Rhodes University 1984


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