Avenida Emilia Dausse

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Bella Knemeyer

Medium:

Concrete, Aggregate, Sand, 2019

Dimensions:

38cm x 29cm x 2cm

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ABOUT BELLA KNEMEYER

Bella Knemeyer (b.1991) works across multiple disciplines as an artist, researcher and landscape architect. She holds an undergraduate in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Edinburgh. Currently based at the African Centre for Cities in Cape Town, her work bridges both research and practice with a focus on the sculpture of spaces, placemaking, memory and the public life of cities.

Within her practice, sculpting ‘quotes’ has offered a way of probing and making sense of urban surroundings. The piece Avenida Emilia Dausse (2019) posits an anecdotal reflection on the ways in which contested and inherited architecture is grappled with in present life. It wonders about the way in which a damaged modernist building in Maputo, poised in mid-century coloniality, has been mended with an alternative material patterning – asking what it means to care for that which one neither made, nor broke.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2019 ‘A SMALLER SCALE’, EBONY/CURATED, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2019 ‘BAD PAPER KIOSK’, WHATIFTHEWORLD GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2018 ‘BAD PAPER BOOTH’, ART FAIR, JOHANNESBURG & CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2015 ‘HANGING OUT’, SKINNY LEGS CAFE, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2015 ‘ON SECOND THOUGHT’, SMITH STUDIO, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2015 THE AVA/STRAUSS & CO, ASSOCIATION FOR VISUAL ARTS (AVA), CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2015 ‘OUT OF CONTEXT’,UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG GALLERY, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

2014 ‘BAZAAR, WITH A TWIST’,ATLANTIC HOUSE, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2014 ‘GREATEST HITS 2013: INDUSTRIAL HARVEST’, ASSOCIATION FOR VISUAL ARTS (AVA), CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2014 SOUS LES PAVÉS, LA PLAGE!, POST GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2014 ‘I TAKE IT ALL BACK’, NIROX PROJECTS, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

AWARDS 

2017 HELEN A. ROSE PRIZE AWARDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND

2017 PETER DANIELS PRIZE AWARDED BY THE LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND

2017 NOMINATED FOR THE LANDSCAPE INSTITUTE OF SCOTLAND PRIZE FOR BEST STUDENT ACROSS THE MLA PROGRAM, SCOTLAND

2012 & 2013 SIMON GERSON ART PRIZE, AWARDED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA