Avenida Emilia Dausse

Bella Knemeyer

Medium:

Concrete, Aggregate, Sand, 2019

Dimensions:

38cm x 29cm x 2cm

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ABOUT BELLA KNEMEYER

Born and living in Cape Town, Bella Knemeyer’s inter-disciplinary work navigates an ongoing interest in the alignment of eco-system services and the arts in support of a placemaking that enhances quality of public life and socio/bio-diversity.

Bridging both research and practice, Bella Knemeyer’s work navigates public life, memory and placemaking and their impact on the cultural lives of cities. Her background encompasses sculptural practice (BAFA, UCT), and a Masters in Landscape Architecture (MLA, UoE), which in combination explores the alignment of the arts and eco-system services in support of a placemaking that brings together the widest possible range of users. Currently based at the African Centre for Cities (ACC), she undertakes design-led research, collaboratively exploring findings through public participation, exhibitions and publications.

Within her practice, sculpting ‘quotes’ has offered a way into making sense of urban surroundings. The piece Avenida Emilia Dausse (2019) posits an anecdotal reflection on the ways in which deeply contested inherited architecture is grappled with in present life. It wonders about a curious observation where a damaged building, vividly poised in its mid-century colonialism, is seen mended and cared for with contemporary materials and patterns – fusing to cast a single shadow.

Gautam Bhan’s writing on Southern urban theory, characterises it in the interstices of always having to repair that which it did not break, how to incessantly assume the responsibility to fix, and how to plain be indifferent to stuff being broke.’

 –  AbdouMaliq Simone, 2019

SOLO  EXHIBITIONS

2013    ‘FOR FLUX SAKES’, GRADUATION SHOW, MICHAELIS SCHOOL OF FINE ARTS, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

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

2015    ‘BAZAAR, WITH A TWIST’,ATLANTIC HOUSE, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2015    ‘GREATEST HITS 2013: INDUSTRIAL HARVEST’, ASSOCIATION FOR VISUAL ARTS (AVA), CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

2015    SOUS LES PAVÉS, LA PLAGE!, CT POST GALLERY, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

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

2014    CUBICAL MOBILE GALLERY, INFECTING THE CITY, AROUND CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA 2014‘FACTORY GIRLS’,  JAMES MUDGE FURNITURE STUDIO, CAPE TOWN, 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

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

2011-13           ON THE DEAN’S MERIT LIST

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

2009    GISELA LANGE ART PRIZE, DEUTSCHE INTERNATIONALE SCHULE KAPSTADT, SOUTH AFRICA