PhD Student

Gabrielle Goliath

Gabrielle Goliath (photo: Anthea Pockroy)Gabrielle Goliath (photo: Anthea Pockroy)

Gabrielle Goliath situates her practice within contexts marked by the traces, disparities and as-of-yet unreconciled traumas of colonialism and apartheid, as well as socially entrenched structures of patriarchal power and rape-culture. Enabling opportunities for affective, relational encounters, she seeks to resist the violence through which black, brown, feminine, queer and vulnerable bodies are routinely fixed through forms of representation. 

Goliath has exhibited widely and recently participated in the Verbo Performance Art Festival (2018), São Paulo; the Palais de Tokyo’s Do Disturb Festival (2018), Paris; the National Arts Festival (2018), Makhanda; as well as the 11th Bamako Encounters Biennale (2017), Mali. She has won a number of awards including a special prize at the Future Generation Art Prize (Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev), and the Institut Français, Afrique en Créations Prize (Bamako Biennale).

Goliath is the current Standard Bank Young Artist of the year (2019), which involves a national touring exhibition that will debut at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda. Her work features in numerous public and private collections, including the Iziko South African National Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Tate Modern, and the Wits Art Museum. 

Goliath is currently a Ph.D. candidate with the Institute for Creative Arts at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.