Francois Knoetze

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Francois Knoetze is a Cape Town based performance artist, sculptor and filmmaker known for his sculptural suits and experimental video art. He completed an MFA at Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT) in 2015. That year, Knoetze was featured as one of Mail & Guardian Newspaper’s ‘Top 200 Young South Africans’. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (2015 & 2017) and in group exhibitions at the Lagos Photo Festival (2015); Kunsthal KAde, Amersfoort (2018); and Somerset House, London (2017); Cosmopolis 1.5: Enlarged Intelligence, Shenzhen (2018) hosted by the Pompidou Centre; Digital Imaginaries - Africas in Production at ZKM, Germany. He is a recipient of Hivos' Digital Earth Fellowship.

Knoetze retraces the life cycles of discarded objects and explores junctures between material and social histories. In his Mongo* sculptural suits, the synthetic is welded to the human – bringing focus to the objectification of persons, through the personification of objects.

*mongo n. slang. object thrown away and then recovered


MFA (with distinction) at Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT

2013 – 2015 Cape Town

BFA (with distinction) at Rhodes University

2009 – 2012 Grahamstown