Olivia Botha

Olivia Botha is a resident artist at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg, South Africa. The artist graduated from Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town early 2017 with Dean’s Merits List. Botha is a multi-disciplinary artist working in video performance, installation, collage, painting and printmaking. Her concepts revolve around language; how we communicate and more so how we are unable to communicate. In 2018, Botha received the Cassirer Welz Award, leading to a solo exhibition at SMAC Gallery, Johannesburg. Her video, Silence Bleeding, (2018) was screened both at the Labia in Cape Town last year, and at the International Short Film Festival in CortoLovere, Italy as part of the Video Art Awards. As a recipient of the Moleskine Foundation Scholarship, Botha participated in the AtWork workshop conducted by Simon Njami and Andrew Tshabangu at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare 2018. In 2019, the artist was invited to attend a workshop by Penny Siopis in Zimbabwe and this year, the artist collaborated with David Krut Projects in Johannesburg. Botha is currently a nominee for the 2021 Berliner Künstlerprogramm (Artists-in-Berlin Programme). Notable group exhibitions include; Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, Slovenia, The African Center in New York, Turbine Art Fair in Johannesburg, ABSA Gallery in Johannesburg and at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare.