Roelof van Wyk (1969-)

Artwork by Roelof van Wyk


Roelof Petrus van Wyk is an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on contemporary visual culture. An architecture degree from Pretoria University forms the artistic and functional foundation of his creative thinking, sharpened by a degree in Visual Culture from the prestigious Goldsmith’s University in London. Currently a PhD Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand, he is applying his scalpel to the visual language of the media during 1980′s apartheid. ‘This project documents Young Afrikaners and the massive shift from a state owned, and sanctioned, national identity during Apartheid, to a self-determined, narrative, plural and personal Identity, steeped in culture – language, music and visual arts – which has occurred during the last decade. This group finds itself wedged between an inherited Caucasian/ European heritage and a new African Nationalist worldview. Weaving these two world views into a coherent social, political and cultural reality is an ongoing existential challenge. This photo project not only turns the lens onto the Afrikaners by themselves, but also asks bigger questions about belonging to Africa and their place as Africans.’

-Roelof Petrus van Wyk, 2011