Stephané Edith Conradie



About

Stephané Edith Conradie (b. 1990; Namibia) is an artist currently living and working in Cape Town, South Africa. While she primarily trained as a printmaker, Conradie is known for her bricolage assemblages. Conradie recently completed her PhD in Visual Arts at the University of Stellenbosch in 2023, she is currently a lecturer in printmedia at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Her research work focuses on trying to make sense of her social and economic ‘situatedness’, in a South African context. Her research stems from a fascination with how people categorise and arrange objects in their homes, particularly her own family members in both Namibia and South Africa.

Conradie creates ornate sculptures of entangled objects, inspired by home décor found in lower and working class homes in South Africa. Though seemingly only used for aesthetic purposes or seen as common place, Conradie suggests that they could provide an important lens through which to examine value placement and meaning-making.

Her work examines the histories of colonialism and creolisation embedded in domestic material culture, calling into question how identity is encoded in the private domain. These objects have provided her with a language to investigate the creolised formations of identity that are linked to South Africa’s histories of colonialism, slavery, segregation and apartheid. Creolisation directs our attention towards the cultural phenomena and material culture that result from displacement and the ongoing dynamic interchange of symbols and practices, eventually leading to new forms with varying degrees of stability.

In 2023, Stephané Edith Conradie was the recipient of the Humanities Emerging Researcher Award from the University of Cape Town, as well as the inaugural Young Artist Award, for work presented at the 15th edition of the Triennial of Small Sculpture Fellbach, Germany.

 

Selected Press:

Pioneering Black Women Artists in Assemblage Art (Artwork Feature) on Artsy

A Unique Art Lover’s Experience Not to be Missed, 40 Under 40 by Robyn Simpson on Capetownetc

Stephané Edith Conradie Receives Triennial Young Artists Award by Contemporaryand

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022 Souvenir - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2019 Domestic Lives, Nomadic Belongings, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa
2017 Ordentilikheid: a creolised object, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 FIND / FUSE, Ceysson & Bénétière, New York
2022 Material Echos WITW Amsterdam - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Amsterdam
Home Strange Home - Krone x WHATIFTHEWORLD, Tulbagh, South Africa
The Phoenix Runway - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, South Africa
In Times Like These… and Other Stories, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town, South Africa
2021 Falling awake, The Fourth, curated by Reservoir, Cape Town, South Africa
40 under 40, Twee Jonge Gezellen Wine Estate, Krone x WHATIFTHEWORLD, Tulbagh, South Africa
Circle: AVA 50 Collectors, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa
Between strangers, Nuweland, Oosterzeee-Buren, The Netherlands
Black Luminosity, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2020 SHAPING THINGS: An exploration of clay and ceramics in contemporary South African art practice, SMAC Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Materiality, Iziko National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Megalo International Print Prize 2020, Kingston, Australia
2019 Sans, Open24hours Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Unresolved Category, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa
Forward? Forward! Forward..., Stellenbosch University Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2018 Kwaai, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa
Transmissions, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape to Tehran, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town and Johannesburg, South Africa
2017 Redemptive Beauty, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa
SS17, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town, South Africa
2016 30 x 30 under 30, Group Exhibition, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
Mexico Exchange Exhibition, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
Sasol New Signature Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa
2015 Steller, Group Exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town , South Africa
Narratives Group Exhibition, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
Barcleys L’atelier Regional Exhibition, Rust en Vrede Art Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
Barcleys L’atelier National Exhibition, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2014 Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Greatest Hits, Cape Town, South Africa
Divergence, The Keith Dietrich Award Exhibition, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Music and Lyrics Group Exhibition, Rust en Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa
Familiar Group Exhibition (co-curated), Swains Yard Studios, Observatory, Cape Town, South Africa
Golden Haze Group Exhibition, Salon91, Cape Town, South Africa
2013 ABSA L’atelier Regional Exhibition, ArtB Gallery, Bellville Cape Town, South Africa
Pentimenti and more Group Exhibition, ArtB Gallery, Bellville Cape Town, South Africa
ASBA L’atelier National Exhibition, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Sasol New Signature Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria, South Africa
Pre/Pri Stellenbosch and Wits University Collaborative Print Exhibition and Portfolio box, South Africa

Art Fairs

Cape Town Art Fair 2024
Abu Dhabi Art Fair
1-54 London 2023
FNB Art Joburg 2023
Art Brussels 2023
Cape Town Art Fair 2023
Art Rotterdam 2022

Awards

2022    15th Triennal Young Artist Award Kleinplastik Fellbach, Germany

2020     Finalist, Megalo International Print Prize 2020, Kingston, Australia

2014     Swains Yard First Space Young Artist Studio Award

2014    Rector’s Award for Excellent Academic Achievement, Stellenbosch University

2013    Keith Dietrich Award

2013    Golden Key Society

Permanent Collections

Leridon Collection, France
Bennetton Collection: Small Canvas Competition
Wits Art Museum Collection
UNISA Art Gallery
Spier Collection, South Africa
GAUTREAUX Collection, Cansas
P.O.C Galila Barzilaï-Hollander, Belgium

Selected Publications

2021    Tise, E. Conradie, S.E. Seyffert-Wirth, M. 2021. Preserving knowledge: The Stellenbosch University Library visual redress journey. In Fataar, A and Costandius,E.(Ed).2021. EvokingTransformation: Visual Redress at Stellenbosch University. SunMedia. Stellenbosch

 

2018    Stephané E. Conradie. 2018. Coloured Cabinets: A Reflection on Material Culture as a Marker of Coloured Identity in Cloetesville, South Africa, African Historical Review, 49:2, 1-21, DOI: 10.1080/17532523.2018.1423763

 

2017     The Storming: Insurrections III. SAHO. Sun Media, Stellenbosch. Illustrated, S. E. Conradie.

 

2017    Biscombe, M., Conradie, S. E., Costandius, E & Alexander, N. 2017. Investigating “othering” in Visual Arts spaces of learning. Education as change, 1-18 [Online].