Essay: Mistaken Media
Minnette Vári biography
Born in Pretoria, 1968
Obtained Masters degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pretoria, 1997.
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa
Minnette Vári. Media Work. Curated by John Peffer. Jannotta Gallery, Smith College, Massachusetts. (Catalogue)
Minnette Vári. Curated by Peter Fisher. Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland. (Catalogue)
Minnette Vári. Serge Ziegler Galerie, Zürich.
Minnette Vári. Serge Ziegler Galerie, Zürich.
Minnette Vári. Camouflage Art.Culture.Politics. Brussels.
Aurora Australis. Standard Bank Gallery (downstairs), Johannesburg.
Beyond the Pale. Invited and supported by the French Institute of South Africa. Galerie d'Alliance Française, Johannesburg.
Minnette Vári. Centurion Art Gallery, Centurion, South Africa.
Painting and Language. FIG Gallery, Johannesburg.
Selected group exhibitions
Banquet. Curated by Iván de la Nuez, Luis Rico, Peter Weibel and Karin Ohlenschläger. Virreina Palace, Barcelona, Spain; Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany; Conde Duque Cultural Centre in Madrid, Spain. (Catalogue)
Transferts. Curated by Toma Muteba Luntumbue for Africalia. Palais des Beaux-arts, Brussels (Catalogue)
Global Priority. Curated by Susan Jahoda and Grady Gerbracht. Herter Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA. (Catalogue)
STYX. Directed by Ralph Kotschka, Europäishe Kunstakademie, Trier, Germany. (Catalogue)
Videoformes. Curated by Gabriel Soucheyre; South African programme compiled by Clive van den Berg. Clermont-Ferrand, France. (Catalogue)
Muster Frau. Curated by Dr. Peter Joch. Kunsthalle Darmstadt, Germany. (Catalogue)
Contributions from the Venice Biennial. Charlottenborg Udstillingsbygning, Copenhagen. (Catalogue)
Slow Motion. Curated by Alexandra Kolossa. Ludwig Forum, Aachen. (CD-ROM Catalogue)
In Progress. Curated by Harald Szeemann for the 55th International Film Festival, Locarno, Switzerland (Catalogue)
Survivre à l’Apartheid. De Drum Magazine à aujourd’ui. Curated by Caroline Bourgeois. Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris. (Catalogue)
Aubes, rêveries au bord de Victor Hugo. Curated by Harald Szeemann. Maison de Victor Hugo, Paris. (Catalogue)
Short Stories. Curated by Roberto Pinto. La Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan. (Catalogue)
Dislocation. Image & Identity. South Africa. Curated by Daniela Tilkin. Circulo de Bellas Artes, Madrid. Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, March 2002. Centro Cultural de Maia, O'Porto, May 2002. (Catalogue)
Plateau of Humankind. 49th Venice Biennale. Arsenale and Italian Pavilion. Curated by Harald Szeemann. Venice. (Catalogue)
Casino 2001. First Quadriennial of Contemporary Art. Curated by Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. S.M.A.K., Ghent. (Catalogue)
World Wide Video Festival 2001. Directed by Tom van Vliet. Arti & Amiticiae, Amsterdam; Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town, February 2002. (Catalogue)
Memórias Intimas Marcas. Curated by Fernando Alvim. Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen (MUHKA). (Catalogue)
Johannesburg. Curated by Clive Kellner as part of "Atmosfere Metropolitane", co-ordinated by Roberto Pinto. Openspace, Milan, Italy, July 2000. (Catalogue)
Dialog 1: Vice Verses. With Susanne Jirkuff, Ella Raidel and Tracey Rose. Curated by Clive Kellner. O.K. Centre of Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria. (Catalogue)
Channel. Curated by Robert Weinek and Gregg Smith. Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town.
South Meets West. Curated by Bernhard Fibicher, Yacouba Konaté and Yvonne Vera. National Museum. Accra, Ghana, November 1999. Kunsthalle Bern, April 2000. (Catalogue)
Democracy's Images: Photography And Visual Art After Apartheid. Curated by Rory Bester, Katarina Pierre and Jan-Erik Lundström. Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden. (Catalogue)
Photosynthesis: Contemporary South African Photography. Curated by Kathleen Grundling. Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Grahamstown; Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg; The South African National Gallery, Cape Town. (Catalogue)
Transversions. Curated by Yu Yeon Kim as part of Trade Routes: History and Geography, the 1997 Johannesburg Biennale. Museum Africa, Newtown, Johannesburg. (Catalogue)
Colours: Kunst aus Sudafrika. Curated by Sabine Vogel and Alphons Hug. The House of World Cultures, Berlin. (Catalogue)
Hitch-Hiker. Curated by Clive Kellner. The Generator Art Space, Africus Institute of Contemporary Art, Newtown, Johannesburg.
Uncommon Thread. Five artists from South Africa, Britain and Zimbabwe. Fringe exhibition at Africus Biennial, The Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.
The Laager. Fringe exhibition at Africus Biennial, Newtown Cultural Precinct, Johannesburg.
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Selected bibliography: Books
BLACK ART: A Cultural History. Richard J. Powell. Thames&Hudson, London.
EL ARTE QUE VIENE / THE ART TO COME. Paco Barragán. Subastas, Madrid.
GREY AREAS, Representation, Identity and Politics in Contemporary South African Art. Brenda Atkinson and Candice Breitz (Ed.), Chalkham Hill Press, Johannesburg.
GENDERED VISIONS, The Art of Contemporary Africana Women Artists. Salah M. Hassan (Ed.), Africa World Press, Trenton, New York.
ART IN SOUTH AFRICA, The Future Present. Sue Williamson and Ashraf Jamal, David Philip Publishers, Cape Town.
GIF 1, book of original prints. The Artists' Press and FIG Gallery, Johannesburg.
Selected bibliography: Reviews
Dawes, N.: “Selected works from the World Wide Video festival at Michaelis galleries”, Reviews, Artthrob, March.
Van Bosch, C.: "Vári pak mitiese monsters", Die Burger, Cape Town, February 26; Die Beeld, Gauteng, March 1.
Edmunds, P.: “New media showcase”, Friday, The Mail & Guardian, March 1 to 7.
von Burg, Dominique: ‘Minnette Vári’, Kunst-Bulletin No. 7/8, July/August.
Hug, C.: “Minnette Vári, Serge Ziegler Galerie, Zürich”, Reviews, p.105, Tema Celeste No.93, September/October 2002.
Stein, L.: Art Chicago seeks the cutting-edge, Chicago Tribune, May 11.
Omlin, S.: "Blick aus der Ferne", Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Feb. 27.
Polzer, B. : "Mediale Zerrbilder", Kunst, Annabelle, 3/01, Feb. 2.
Mack, G.: "Geschichte verschlingen", Kulturtipps, Cash, No. 8, Feb. 23.
Kraft, M.: "Körpergeschichte", Kunst, züritipp, No. 8/2001, Feb. 23.
Sutton, P.: "49th Venice Biennale: Minnette Vari", Visual Arts/Features, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Gateway to Arts and Culture, November.
Atkinson, B.: "Minnette Vári at the Standard Bank Gallery", Artthrob, Nov. 7.
Smith, K.: ‘Art pick of the week’, Friday, The Mail & Guardian, November 23 – 29.
Kerkham, R.: "A deadly explosive on her tongue", Third Text, Spring 2001.
Fröhling, G.: "City artist on the cutting edge", Tonight; Pretoria News, Apr. 20.
Delapse, Johannesburg: "VexQuest" in Insert. Interactive CD Rom Magazine. Winter.
Atkinson, B.: "Flash Art", Elle (SA), Aug. 2000.
Williamson, S.: "Artbio", Artthrob, Issue no. 7, http://www.artthrob.co.za.
Lefebvre, E.: "Reality is always re-written", Newtown Zebra, no 11, Sept. - Dec.
Van Rensburg, W.: "Vári konfronteer jou met jou vrese", Beeld, Nov. 17.
Atkinson, B.: "Morphing Minnette", Electronic Mail & Guardian, Nov. 24.
Friedman, H.: "Zone of metaphors", The Mail & Guardian, April 11.
Van der Spuy, B.: "Pta-kaalfoto 'verslapping van sensuur'", Beeld, June 23.
Vári, M.: "Hearing the artist's message", Artspeak, Tonight; Pretoria News, July 1.
Geers, K.: "Planet Art", Elle (SA), October.
Van Niekerk, L.: " 'Muti-parfuum' ruk masker af ", Beeld, Oct. 8.
Berry, O.: "Message in a bottle", Tonight; Pretoria News, Dec. 5.
Friedman, H.: "Trapped in the hall of mirrors", The Mail & Guardian, April 12.
Friedman, H.: "Scratching beneath the surface", The Mail & Guardian, April 19.
Geers, K.: "The real dangers of fashion in art", Tonight; The Star, April 25.
Burger, L.: "Duistere waarhede wat die sinne uitdaag", Beeld, April 30.
Vári, M.: "(De)facing the surface", Gallery Page, http://www.up.ac.za/academic/arts/gallery.html.
Berry, O.: "Baring all for art", Tonight; Pretoria News, September 22.
Cultural reporter: "Vanguardismo de Sudáfrica visita el Museo de Arte Contemporáneo", Cultura; La Epoca, Santiago, Chile, November 2.
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Projects and Presentations
Frequent guest lecturer to undergraduate fine art students at the University of South Africa and the Pretoria Technicon.
Guest speaker at seminar held at the University of South Africa on the occasion of an exhibition on Art and Technology.
Author of a study guide for the University of South Africa on Art and Technology.
Guest lecturer to undergraduate fine art students at the University of South Africa.
March: Historical Identities / Identical Histories: A deadly explosive on my tongue. Lecture as part of a seminar programme at the University of South Africa.
November: Guest speaker for Gendered Dimensions of Authoritarian Legacies; workshop held by the Global Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.
Appointed guest lecturer to undergraduate fine art students at the University of South Africa.
April: Panelist on round-table discussion at the Historical Museum of Bern, on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition South Meets West.
July: Guest Curator for an exhibition at the Johannesburg Civic Gallery. Entitled Magic Moments, it featured work by Daniel Buetti (Switzerland/France), Mo Diener (Switzerland), Noritoshi Hirakawa (Japan), Tracey Rose (South Africa), Jan van der Merwe (South Africa), Kathryn Smith (South Africa) and Yvonne Vera (Zimbabwe).
February. Public presentation and conference participation at the Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town.
September: Public presentation of work and walkabout at FNB Vita Art Prize exhibition, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.
September: On(e)Line; virtual presentations and live webcasts from four continents. Video Conference. GATE Foundation, Amsterdam. http//www.oneline.dds.nl
October: Presentation on recent video work to the public at the Alliance Française, Johannesburg.
Numerous walkabout talks and short lectures to the public, coinciding with solo and group exhibitions.
March - July: Guest lecturer to undergraduate students at the University of Pretoria.
Billiton SA, Johannesburg, South Africa
Development Bank of Southern Africa, Midrand, South Africa
Gauteng Legislature, Johannesburg
Hans Bogatzke Collection of Contemporary African Art, Herdecke, Germany
HSRC (Human Sciences Research Council), Pretoria
MTN Art Institute, Johannesburg
MUHKA (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp), Antwerp, Belgium
South African National Gallery, Cape Town
UNISA (University of South Africa), Pretoria
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Essay: Mistaken Media
Minnette Vári biography