RESIDENCY
AIMS

South Africa’s traumatic social history, its remarkable transformation and its diversity of culture and landscape, is a crucible for creative engagement. NIROX offers residency to international and local artists, providing insight and access to the region’s extraordinary cultural and environmental heritage. Conversely, artists bring their spotlight into the region. The program has no predilection for style or dogma, emphasizing work that is relevant, challenging and uplifting.

FACILITIES

Principal Residence: Large two-bedroom house with 100 sq meter double volume studio and office, lounge, dining area and entertainment facilities.

Cottage: Comfortable two bedroom self-contained cottage with 40 sq meter adjoining studio.

Sculpture workshop: An 80 sq meter workshop adjoining the principal residence.

Coolroom Studio: A 170 sq metre independent garden studio with screening room.

Services: Fully staffed, full board accommodation with internet connection and all modern conveniences.

Khatlhampi Private Reserve: Resident artists have access to the Reserve with qualified game rangers and, if they require, arrangements can be made for assistance from palaeontologists, geoscientists and speleologists who are able to give a deep insight into the unique surroundings.

Cradle of Humankind: Access to palaeontology and archaeology: Within 47,000 hectares of protected UNESCO approved Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. World renowned Sterkfontein Caves, Malapa and many other significant active hominid working sites.

LOGISTICS

NIROX provides free full board, fully serviced accommodation and studio facilities. Managerial and curatorial staff assist artists to fulfill their residency objectives.

Artists are required to provide their own international and local travel & production costs. The foundation will assist in efforts to obtain sponsorship from country culture desks & other interested institutions.

NIROX is 45 min from central Johannesburg and Tswane; 60 min from OR Tambo Airport; and 20 min from Lanseria Airport.

CURRENT AND UPCOMING ARTISTS
Lwandiso Njara | 3 March to 30 April 2017

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Artist CV Born in 1987, Libode, Eastern Cape. Education B-tech in Fine Arts – Tshwane University of Technology. National Diploma – Tshwane University of Technology.

Exhibitions 2016
Altar – Association of Arts Pretoria, June 2016
A Place in TIme – Nirox Winter Sculpture Show –
Nirox Sculpture Park, Maropeng, May – July 2016.
2014 Nirox Winter Sculpture Show
Nirox Sculpture Park, Maropeng, May – July 2014.
2013 Neo-Baroque – Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria,
26 October – 23 November 2013. Multiple Identities with Gordon Froud – Trent Gallery, Pretoria, September 2013. Trans-Africa – Absa Art Gallery, Johannesburg. After the Rainbow Nation 2013 – Nirox Sculpture Park and Nirox Projects, Arts on Main, Johannesburg. Engage II World Art Day Exhibition – Pretoria Art Association, Pretoria, 15 April 2013 – 26 April 2013. 2012 Pathways with Malose Pete – Pretoria Art Association, 15 June – 4 July 2012. Ode to Over-Consumerism: Rooftop IV – St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Pretoria, 29 September – 18 November 2012. Group show with Diane Victor – Ron Belling Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth. Art South Africa contemporary art auction/group exhibition – Cape Town. 2011 Previous winners of PPC Cement (YCSA) Competition – Pretoria Art Association, 6 May – 25 May 2011. Exhibition with Joel Tsepho Sebothoma – Trent Art Gallery, Pretoria . 2010 African Narrativ – St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Pretoria. Essence of Perfume – St Lorient Fashion & Art Gallery, Pretoria.. Awards 2012 First Prize – Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Award 2012 Merit Award – Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Young Sculptor Award Competition. 2009 Runner Up Prize – Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Young Sculptor Award Competition. Art Competition Judging and Selection Panels Adjudicator at the Thami Mnyele Fine Art Awards 2013. Commissions Absa Cape Epic 2014 (bronze cast trophies). Collections Private collections. Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Offices, Sandton Johannesburg. St. Lorient Fashion & Art gallery, Pretoria. The President’s Bryntirion Estate, Pretoria. Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria. Eduardo Villa Museum, The University of Pretoria, Pretoria. Fried Contemporary Art Gallery, Pretoria.

The Cool Couple | 4 April to 2 May 2017

BIO

The Cool Couple (often shortened TCC) is an artist duo based in Milan, Italy, and established in late 2012 by Niccolò Benetton (1986) and Simone Santilli (1987). Their research focuses on the friction points that generate daily in the relationship between people and images. The idea of images as active hubs in a network, combined with a strong planning attitude, result in the use of several forms of expression, ranging from fine art photography to electrostatic wipes, from meditation rooms to Chinese cover-bands. TCC’s work has been exhibited internationally at institutions such as: Center for Contemporary Strozzina (Florence), Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa (Venice), Unseen Festival (Amsterdam), Centquatre (Paris), Les Rencontres des Arles Festival and MACRO Museum (Rome). Among the prizes they won are Francesco Fabbri Award for Contemporary Photography, Fondazione Bevilacqua scholarship, Graziadei Prize, Euromobil Under 30 Prize. They have been selected for Plat(t)form Program at Fotomuseum Winterthur and shortlisted for the Discovery Award at Les Rencontres des Arles festival. The Cool Couple have been lecturers at: NABA (Milan), IUAV University (Venice), AplusA gallery (Venice), University of South Wales (Newport), IED Turin. They are founders of trendsetting cover band Rui & the Rainbow Dragons, members of POIUYT, a platform for image-based research, and among the editorial team of Genda Magazine. SELECTED EXHIBITIONS Solo exhibitions 2015 Premio Graziadei, Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO, Rome, Italy; Discovery Award, Les Rencontres des Arles, Arles, France. Group exhibitions (selection) 2017 ANTOLOGIA, METRONOM, Modena, Italy; Short Circuit #03, OK Corral, Copenhagen, Denmark; Dadaclub.online: the exhibition, Spazio Contemporanea, Brescia, Italy; POIUYT. Punto Zero. Critical practices in Italian contemporary photography, MLZ Art Dep, Trieste, Italy; Short Circuit #02, Palazzo Malipiero, Venice, Italy; 2016 Sublimina, Museo delle Mura, Rome, Italy; Premio Graziadei, FOTOGRAFIA. Festival Internazionale di Roma, MACRO, Rome, Italy; Short Circuit #01, Stryx, Birmingham, Great Britain; Good night, and good luck, A plus A gallery, Venice, Italy; On new Italian Photography, Viasaterna, Milan, Italy; TOAST, Atelier Salzamt, Linz, Austria; La disfatta dell’immagine, TRA Treviso Ricerca Arte, Treviso, Italy. 2015 I borsisti della 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Bevilacqua La Masa Foundation, Venice, Italy; Chaotic Passion, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova, Italy; Unseen festival, Barber, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Progetto Nord-Est, F4 Un’idea di fotografia, Treviso, Italy; 6PM Your Local Time, Link Art Center, Brescia, Italy; Fotopub festival, Novo Mesto, Slovenia; ArTS, Piazza dell’arte pubblica, Trieste, Italy; Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market in Venice, A plus A Gallery, Venice, Italy; Italia Happening, Salon für Kunstbuch, Wien, Austria; Circulation(s), festival de la jeune photographie européenne, Centquatre, Paris, France. 2014 Urban Symphonies, Careof, Milan, Italy; 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy; Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary photography, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy; Kassel Photobook Dummy Award, Athens, Cologne,Dublin, Madrid, Milan, Oslo, Paris, Rome, Derby; DIY 2.0, A photographic Issue, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerp, Belgium; Leading personality disease, MLZ Art Dep, Trieste, Italy; Twist in the tail, METRONOM, Modena, Italy. 2013 Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo(TV), Italy; Unstable territory. Borders and identity in contemporary art, CCC Strozzina, Florence, Italy. SCREENINGS 2017 The Third Chimpanzee, Vajont 2014, Biennale del cortometraggio di Vicenza, Vicenza, Italy; 2015 The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, Washing by Watching, Jefferson Laundry, Lecce, Italy; The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, FIF, International Belo Horizonte Photography Festival, Belo Horizonte, Brazil. 2014 The Third Chimpanzee, Treviso 2012, CulT – Salone della Cultura, Venice, Italy; The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode II. Chemtrails (homage to Beck), CulT – Salone della Cultura, Venice, Italy; The Third Chimpanzee, Bari 2014, MIC, Milan, Italy; The Fuffy Wipe Case, episode II. Chemtrails (homage to Beck), TRA Treviso Ricerca Arte, Treviso, Italy. GRANTS AND AWARDS 2017 Winner, Euromobil Under 30 Prize, Artefiera, Bologna, Italy; 2016 Selected Artist, Level 0, Museo del ‘900, Milan, Italy; Nctm e l’arte, scholarship, Milan, Italy; Shortlist, Artevisione prize, CareOf, Sky Arte, Milan, Italy; 2015 Shortlist, Premio Icona, Artverona, Verona, Italy; First prize, Premio Graziadei, Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Rome, Italy; Nomination, Discovery Award, Les Rencontres des Arles, Arles, France; 2014 First prize, 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy; First prize, Premio Francesco Fabbri per le arti contemporanee, contemporary photography section, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy; Shortlist, Kassel Dummy Award, Kassel, Germany; 2013 Shortlist, Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Villa Brandolini, Pieve di Soligo (TV), Italy; RESIDENCIES AND STUDY PROGRAMMES 2017 Artist in residence program, Nirox Foundation, Nirox Park, Johannesburg, South Africa; 2016 Artist in residence program, Careof, Milan, Italy; 2015 Artist in residence program, workshop with artist Lara Favaretto, Fondazione Spinola Banna per l’Arte, Banna, Turin, Italy; Plat(t)form program, Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland; 2014 Artist in residence program, Urban Symphonies, Exposed Project, DOCVA, Fabbrica del Vapore, Milan, Italy; PUBLICATIONS Monographs The Fuffy Wipe Case I. A handful of dust, self published, 2013. Book Publications Generazione Critica #2, Danilo Montanari Editore, Ravenna, Italy, April 2015; Catalogues Dadaclub.online: the exhibition, LINK Art Center, Brescia, March 2017; Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Quodlibet, Roma, October 2016; Sublimina, LUISS, Rome, October 2016; La disfatta dell’immagine, TRA, Treviso, March 2016; VX30 Chaotic Passion, Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genoa, April 2016; I Borsisti della 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, January 2016; Fotografia Festival Internazionale di Roma, Quodlibet, Roma, October 2015; Fotopub, Fotopub festival, Slovenia, september 2015; Les Rencontres des Arles, Les Rencontres des Arles, Arles, France, July 2015; Away, Archive Books, Berlin, Germany, April 2015; 6PM Your Local Time, Link Art Center, Brescia, Italy, Italy, July 2015; Circulation(s), Festival de la jeune Photographie Européenne, Fetart, Paris, France, January 2015; 98ma Collettiva Giovani Artisti, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy, December 2014; Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary photography, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Treviso, Italy, November 2014; Leading personality disease, Campanotto editore, Trieste, Italy, May 2014; Premio Francesco Fabbri for contemporary art, Fondazione Fabbri, Treviso, Italy, November 2013; Unstable territory. Borders and identity in contemporary art, Mandragora, Florence, Italy, October 2013; Combat Prize, Sillabe, Livorno, Italy, September 2013. COLLECTIONS Les Rencontres des Arles, Euromobil, Fondazione Francesco Fabbri, Studio Legale Graziadei, Collezione Campiani.

RECENT PAST RESIDENT ARTISTS
Antoine Donzeaud | 3 March to 3 April 2017

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ANTOINE DONZEAUD b. 1985 | lives and works in Paris, FR rep : Valentin, Paris | totofango@hotmail.com | donzeaud.pw EDUCATION 2010 DNSEP with distinction, l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nice, Villa Arson, Nice, FR 2008 DNAP, l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Nice, Villa Arson, Nice, FR SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2016 De 10h à 4h du matin, Valentin, Paris, FR A thousand friends, Rupert, Vilnius, LT 2015 Hometown Blues, DASH, Kortrijk, BE Raise high the roof beam, carpenters, MonChéri, Brussels, BE 2014 The Moon is a harsh mistress, Valentin, Paris, FR SELECT DUO EXHIBITIONS 2016 Hold me closer Ed it’s getting dark, with Isaac Lythgoe, The Cabin, Los Angeles, USA 2015 Needless to say I have some unusual habits, featuring Micah Hesse, Rivoli2 Foundation, Milan, IT Mr. Vertigo, with Hubert Marot, La Sira, Asnières, FR 2014 In The Clear, Caring, Curing, with Adam Cruces, Nam Project, Milan, IT SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2017 TBA, curated by Romuald Demidenko, BWA, Zielona Gora, PL (forthcoming) Collection n°6, Interior and the Collectors, Lyon, FR The Plates Of The Present, So Far, Praz-Delavallade, Paris, FR 2016 Show Divers, Valentin, Paris, FR GMT+0100, Curatron #6, Platform, Stockholm, SE Leisure As A Mechanism For Resistance, Parallel, Vienna, AT A thousand friends part 2, New Jorg, Vienna, AT Dark Mimes, Ashes/Ashes, Los Angeles, USA Body Holes, New Scenario, Berlin, DE Beau Lauss, Last Resort, Copenhagen, DK Aujourd’hui je dis oui, Kunsthalle Lissabone, Lisbon, PT 2015 Doc 23.10-7.11, Doc, Paris, FR (Idéale) Géographie, CAC Moulin du Roc, Niort, FR Popup Monchéri, Galerie Valentin, Paris, FR What is a Bird? We simply don’t know, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest, RO Check XXe, After Howl, Brussels, BE Volumes, Berthold Pott, Cologne, DE Outrage, Cité des Arts, Paris, FR Perpetuum Mobile, Galeria Casado Santapau, Madrid, SP 2014 The Political Failure, Galerie Valentin, Paris, FR Private View, curated by It’s Our Playground, 22ruemuller, Paris FR 173 East 94th Street / Chaussée de Waterloo 550, Middlemarch, Brussels, BE Screensaver, exo6, Paris20, Paris, FR Minimenta, curated by Jean Christophe Arcos, Galerie Bertrand Baraudou, Paris, FR 2013 Xmas Jewels III, Au 8 rue Saint Bon, Paris, FR Contemporary Visions IV, Beers Contemporary, London, UK Re-place, exo1, Paris20, Paris, FR 2011 L’Art Contemporain et la Côte d’Azur, Villa Arson, Nice, FR Oh My Book!, PCF, Arles, FR 2010 Cette année là…, MFA Degree show, Galerie de la Marine, Nice, FR 2009 Bal tragique à la Villa, Galerie Carrée, Villa Arson, Nice, FR La Nuit des Musées, Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature, Paris, FR SELECT CURATORIAL PROJECTS (Director of Exo Exo – exoexo.xyz) 2017 TBA, Clearview ltd, London, UK (forthcoming) 2016 Triplication, Sushi Bar, New York, USA Concert for solista and other sad stories, Beatrice Marchi, Exo Exo, Paris, FR 2015 Loop of Faith, Bending Binding, Passerby, Galerie Alain Gutharc, Paris, FR Check XXe, After Howl, Brussels, BE Zombie Routine, New Galerie, Paris, FR 2014 3e Biennale de Belleville, Exo Exo, Paris, FR Screensaver, Exo Exo, Paris, FR One from the heart, Exo Exo, Paris, FR PRESS 2016 ‘De 10h à 4h du matin’, moussemagazine.it Luchet, Margaux, ‘De 10h à 4h du matin’, jeunescritiquesdart.org Pirovano, Stefano, ‘The ex post manifesto of the most talented art project in Paris’, ConceptualFineArts.com Romuald Demidenko, Vilnius at work, ‘A thousand friends’, newartcenter.info Rigoulet, Elisa, ‘His studio, his hometown, his childhood’, AQNB.com 2015 Lavrador, Judicaël, ‘Plasticiens, la génération débrouille’, Libération November 9th, FR Yerly, Sophie, ‘One Message Interview’, wefindwildness.com Britz, Larissa & Leonie, ‘Antoine Donzeaud’, arcademi.com Berland, Alain, ‘To be or not to be abstrait’, Mouvement Magazine #78, FR Lee, Roory, ‘The Ordinariness of decay’, AQNB.com Toubas, Valérie, ‘Antoine Donzeaud, Folded Painting’, pointcontemporain.com ‘Raise high the roof beam, carpenters. Antoine Donzeaud’, curamagazine.com 2014 Yerly, Sophie, ‘wfw weekend #170’, Wefindwildness.com Kay, Jean, ‘Everything is OK’, AQNB.com Luquet-Gad, Ingrid, ‘3e biennale de Belleville’ (Exo Exo), Artpress #417, FR Geerlings, Julia, ‘Le retour de Paris’ (Exo Exo), Metropolis M #4, NL De Chirico, Domenico, ‘Antoine Donzeaud’, Dust Magazine Online BIBLIOGRAPHY 2015 DUST : The Plates of the present, Sonel Breslav, Blonde Art Books, NY Idéale Géographie, published by Classic, Paris, FR 2014 Boat People, Recit Editions, Paris, FR Exo Publications 6, self published with Exo Exo, Paris, FR 2013 Exo Publications 1, self published with Exo Exo, Paris, FR Pictures at the beach, self published, Paris, FR 2012 Le Mans 24h, self published with Les Editions de Janvier, Paris, FR 2010 Towards a consideration of instrumentalization, Antinomian Press, Sebastopol, USA Vandales, self published with Villa Arson, Nice, FR Donkey Boys/Camp d’été, self published with Villa Arson, Nice, FR 2009 Neuf Cyclistes, self published with Villa Arson, Nice, FR Fast Cars, self published with Villa Arson, Nice, FR Ten Pictures at the Beach, self published with Villa Arson, Nice, FR BENEFITS AND FAIRS 2017 Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Valentin, USA 2016 Art Brussels, Valentin, BE Art is Hope Benefit for LINK, Piasa, Paris, FR 2015 Future Days Benefit for DOC, DOC, Paris, FR CAMSTL Benefit Auction, Contemporary Art Museum St Louis, USA Art Los Angeles Contemporary, Valentin, USA RESIDENCIES 2017 Center of Polish Sculpture, Oronsko PL (forthcoming) Nirox Foundation, Johannesburg, ZA 2016 La Brea Residency, Los Angeles, USA Rupert, Vilnius, LT 2011 La Générale en Manufacture, Sèvres, FR 2008 Street Photography Workshop, prof. Serge Levy, ICP, New York, USA 2007 Advanced Painting, prof. Derek Boshier, UCLA, USA

Sterkfontein Composers Meeting | 20th February to 2nd March 2017 Michael Blake | Ivo Nilsson | Jonny Axelsson

About

The Sterkfontein Composers Meeting is a masterclass for composers, both young and emerging composers as well as professionals, held at the Nirox Foundation. It was established to fill the need for a creative space where cutting edge composers from both academic and non-academic environments could share ideas and develop work together, with some of the best international new music specialist performers in residence. The unique setting provides the ideal environment in which this can be facilitated. Under the direction of Michael Blake and with a guest faculty of performers/composers, the daily programme includes time for composing, workshopping of pieces by the performers, seminars, presentations, individual tutorials and informal discussions. Guest lecturers have included Paul Hanmer and Jean-Pierre de la Porte. As Nirox artists in residence, the faculty is based at Nirox, and the composers stay in nearby peaceful surroundings, where they can work before and after attending the daily meetings at Nirox. For more info : Sterkfontien Composers Meetings

Katharien de Villiers | 3 March to 31 March 2017

BIO

Katharien de Villiers, born 1991 and graduated in 2015 with a MFA in Installation from KASK, Gent, Belgium, is a young Cape Town based artist.

She participated in group exhibitions in Belgium, such as Vibrations OfF at Kristof de Clercq gallery along with Honore d’O and Manfredo Schu. More recently her work was to be seen in various group shows at SMITH in Cape Town, SMAC in Stellenbosch and Kalashnikovv in Johannesburg.

Katharien specializes in Installation art, exploring and questioning spatial and relational dynamics of space. ‘At present I am especially occupied with the fable, a poetic view of time, and the architectonics of the skies. This, as it has now come, as the claim and appeal of the measure to the heart, in such a way that the heart turns to give heed to the measure. Measure thought to action. Thinking is not doing, doing can be mixed with thinking, yet you can teach your doing to think. It can have a voice, a reason to speak. Your doing can become your being, your being can have a voice.’ Through tactile manipulations involving the juxtaposition and de-contextualisation of material, Katharien calls on the sensorial, mental and physical potential and participation of the viewer when confronted with her work. Thus, depending on the inherent power of the given form and inclination of the beholder to be informed or moved, allowing the voluntary encounter to evolve into a symbiosis of original and inspired reality.

ARTIST WORKS AND ACTIVITIES

Artists have no fixed work imperative but are required to leave an artwork for the Foundation’s collection; and participate in building the archival records of the residency

Artists are exposed to, and are encouraged to exchange ideas with, local artists, scientists, institutions and communities. Collaboration and establishing mutual networks, is encouraged.

NIROX’s reach into local life provides meaningful contact across all cultures and stimulates engagement with museums, galleries, institutions and academia.

PREVIOUS ARTISTS

Jake Aikman
Sophia Ainslie
Akindiya Akirash
Zuleikha Allana
Anna Nordquist Anderson
Beth Diane Armstrong
Steve Bandoma
Valerio Berruti
Atul Bhalla
Peter Bialobreski
Caroline Bittermann
Michael Blake
Sean Blem
Dineo Bopape
Willem Boshoff
Eric Bourret
Franki Burger
Carla Busuttil
Mira Calix
Mia Chaplin
Clifford Charles
Rebecca Chesney
Mat Chivers
Zuleika Chaudhari
Priyanka Chaudhary
Marco Cianfanelli
Alain Clement
Hannelie Coetzee
Steven Cohen
Ruann Coleman
Christian Courreges
Godfried Donkor
Ingrid de Kok
Thomas Demand
Auke de Vries
Barend de Wet
Tatjana Doll
Chris Drury
Marlene Dumas
Michel Duport
Paul du Toit
Alinka Echeveria
Victor Ehikhamenor

COLLABORATION

NIROX collaborates with local museums, galleries and academic institutions. It has good working relations with leading local curators. It augments the commercial arts community, without competing and without favor. It is intimate with the local arts media and has good knowledge of the local market.

NIROX CHEFS

NIROX collaborates with local museums, galleries and academic institutions. It has good working relations with leading local curators. It augments the commercial arts community, without competing and without favor. It is intimate with the local arts media and has good knowledge of the local market.