biography

Gabrielle Goliath (b.1983 South Africa). She lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Through the ritual, sonic and social encounters of her art practice, Gabrielle Goliath attends (and tends) to histories and present-day conditions of differentially valued life, reaffirming ways in which black, brown, femme and queer practices of possibility perform the world differently. Each of her works convenes a coming-to – a tenuous community – collapsing the presumed remove and privileged subject position of representation (as white, male, heteronormative) and calling for meetings in and across difference, on terms of complicity, relation and love.

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Gabrielle Goliath (b.1983 South Africa). She lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Through the ritual, sonic and social encounters of her art practice, Gabrielle Goliath attends (and tends) to histories and present-day conditions of differentially valued life, reaffirming ways in which black, brown, femme and queer practices of possibility perform the world differently. Each of her works convenes a coming-to – a tenuous community – collapsing the presumed remove and privileged subject position of representation (as white, male, heteronormative) and calling for meetings in and across difference, on terms of complicity, relation and love.

Goliath’s immersive, often durational installations have shown across South Africa and internationally. She has won several awards including a Future Generation Art Prize - Special Prize (2019), the Standard Bank Young Artist Award (2019), and the Institut Français, Afrique en Créations Prize at the Bamako Biennale (2017). Her work features in numerous public and private collections, including Kunsthalle Zürich, TATE Modern, Frac Bretagne, Iziko South African National Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery, and Wits Art Museum.

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images

These three remain, 2023

installation view, 15th Sharjah Biennal, 2023

12-channel sound & light installation

site specific

Photo: Shanavas Jamaluddin, courtesy of Sharjah Art Foundation

Berenice 29-39, 2022

Installation views, Kunsthaus Baselland, 2022

pigment ink on cotton Baryta

90 x 90 cm each, 11 elements

Photo: Gina Folly

Chorus, 2021

Installation views, Dallas Contemporary, Dallas (2022)

2-channel video & sound installation

Photo: Photos by Kevin Todora

This song is for…, 2019

2 (11-channel) video & sound installation

variable dimensions

Elegy - Noluvo Swelindawo, 2018

Pigment ink on cotton Baryta

70 x 80 cm, 1 of 7 prints

Berenice 10-28, 2010

Installation views, Kunsthaus Baselland, 2022

pigment ink on cotton Baryta

108 x 75cm each, 19 elements

Photo: Gina Folly

LaToya (Latoya Ruby Frazier), 2023

Oil stick on cotton rag

56 x 38 cm

Ana (Ana Mendieta), 2023

Oil stick on cotton rag

76,5 × 56 cm

Louise (Louise Bourgeois), 2023

Oil stick on cotton rag

76,5 × 56 cm

Sonia (Sonia Gomes), 2023

Oil stick on cotton rag

76,5 × 56 cm

Bessie (Bessie Head), 2023

Oil stick on cotton rag

46,5 × 34,5 cm

Ellen (Ellen Kuzwayo), 2023

Oil stick on cotton rag

46,5 × 34,5 cm

public exhibitions

Sharjah Biennial 15: Thinking Historically in the Present

7.2 – 11.6.2023

Love sounds, and resounds, as listeners enter the light bathed space of These three remain. In the sonic embrace of its twelve speakers, an evolving, body-saturating soundscape animates and entwines over seven thousand samples of the word “love”, drawn from lifeplaylists compiled by the artist and her brothers, Gaston and Jon-Paul. Washed in pastel hues and sequenced in 12-channel surround sound, the installation offers a tenuous, euphoric spacetime otherwise - an entanglement of loves, sounding as the resonant, dissonant, disorderly remains of possibility.

Kunsthaus Baselland

This song is for ...

13.5 – 17.7.2022

The immersive environments of Goliath’s practice draw visitors into a participative space of possibility – of poetry and beauty, despite the difficult thematics explored in her work.

Dallas Contemporary

Chorus

25.9.2022 – 19.3.2023

Acclaimed internationally for her immersive installations that confront urgent social concerns, with chorus at dallas contemporary, multidisciplinary south african artist gabrielle goliath makes her debut in the united states. housed in an immersive, elegiac audio-visual environment in which participants are encouraged to linger, two videos are projected onto large, free-standing blocks which are positioned in relation to each other and occupy darkened space with funeral gravity. the work is an elegy to uyinene mrwetyana, a 19-year-old student from the university of cape town who was brutally raped and murdered in 2019. the murder, which sparked national and international outrage, shone light on the epidemic of violence against women, children and lgbtq people in south africa. goliath’s work remembers and honors these victims of gender-based violence.

press

Artist Gabrielle Goliath’s ‘Chorus’ honors victims of violence at Dallas Contemporary

Lauren Smart

Dallas Contemporary

February 20, 2023

Review: "Gabrielle Goliath: Chorus" at the Dallas Contemporary | Glasstire

Colette Copeland

Glasstire

February 18, 2023

Three Sharjah Biennial 15 artists discuss the legacy of Okwui Enwezor

Art Basel

February 2, 2023

Gabrielle Goliath With Amadour – The Brooklyn Rail

Amadour

The Brooklyn Rail

December 15, 2022

publications

Lesser Violence - Volume 1

A collection of essays and creative non-fiction exploring responses to gendered and sexualised violence in South Africa, from a variety of artistic and intellectual perspectives.

Edited by Amie Soudien

MaThoko's Books

2022

Surfacing: On being black and feminist in South Africa

This book is the first collection of essays dedicated to contemporary Black South African feminist perspectives. Leading feminist theorist, Desiree Lewis, and poet and feminist scholar, Gabeba Baderoon, have curated contributions by some of the finest writers and thought leaders.

Desiree Lewis, Gabeba Baderoon

Wits University Press

2021

African Artists: From 1882 to Now

A groundbreaking A-Z survey of the work of over 300 modern and contemporary artists born or based in Africa

Phaidon Editors, with introduction by Chika Okeke-Agulu and glossary by Joseph L Underwood Price

Phaidon

Femmes d'art

From Berthe Morisot to the present day, women who make art history

Marie-Stéphanie Servos

Éditions Leduc

2021

video


Gabrielle Goliath, Special Prize winner of the Future Generation Art Prize

2019

Goliath's work is presented at the exhibition of the 21 shortlisted artists for the 5th edition of the Future Generation Art Prize. The exhibition reveals a breadth of contemporary art practices from a judicious selection of artists and artist collectives spanning five continents. Established by the Victor Pinchuk Foundation in 2009, 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the prize's founding.


Standard Bank Young Artist Award

2019


Gabrielle Goliath talks about Elegy at SPIELART

2017

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