Abri de Swardt

Abri de Swardt (°1988) is an artist, writer and educator based in Johannesburg. He holds a MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is a graduate of Market Photo Workshop and Stellenbosch University, where he received the Timo Smuts Prize. De Swardt’s work concerns the pasts and futures of queerness and decoloniality. Across video, photography, sound, sculpture, and performance he uses an expanded approach to collages, which he names an “aesthetics of drowning” and the “sunstroke of voice”.

De Swardt’s work has been shown at Rupert Museum Stellenbosch, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Forum des images Paris, National Gallery of Art Vilnius, Institute of Contemporary Arts London, The Centre for the Less Good Idea Johannesburg, Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts Durban, and the IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art. He has held solo exhibitions at POOL Johannesburg (2018), White Cubicle London (2015), MOTInternational Projects London (2013), and blank projects Cape Town (2011). In 2018 De Swardt completed a residency at Rupert Vilnius, and is an upcoming resident at Hordaland Kunstsenter Bergen.

At the University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University and Rhodes University, De Swardt has taught interdisciplinary practice and critical theory. In 2019 he developed with artist and curator Sinethemba Twalo ‘To See With The Ears and Speak With The Nose’, a reading cycle on water and embodiment commissioned by POOL and Oceanic Humanities for the Global South, WiSER.

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