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Artist

Stefanie Koemeda | Residency

South Africa | Visual Arts

August - September 2023 — Visual Arts

Stefanie Koemeda

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Swiss artist Stefanie Koemeda will be an artist in residence at Nirox Foundation outside Johannesburg, South Africa from 3 August to 30 September 2023.

Stefanie’s work engages with the real and speculative geological traces and detritus left behind by contemporary civilizations in the future. Her sculptural work creates new perspectives on sustainability, equality, and the constructed infrastructures of current societies.

Nirox is located in close proximately to the “Cradle of Humankind”, the UNESCO World Heritage paleoanthropological site. During her residency, Stefanie is keen to connect her sculptural expression to the deep geological, social and historical richness of this area. In her work, Stefanie explores the interface between human societies and the ground, the soil, the terra of her workplace. Her artistic practice is driven by the questions: What will the material legacy of current human societies be when it comes to geological periods? Of what kind will “our” sediment be? Which objects will reveal our existence in the far future?

Stefanie plans to take clay imprints of objects and use these to build new sculpture works which will be painted with ceramic colours or oxides and minerals collected from the local terra. “From my artistic questions, I would especially be interested in the geological structures that must have already been present when our early ancestors lived in the area,” Stefanie explains. “I want to create sculptures that react to this past but, via our current existence, point to a geological future. I would not fire the ceramics to keep them transient. But a few sculptures could be fired finally to make them stable and long-lasting. They would act like the sparse random aspects of a bigger whole, like geological artifacts.”

BIOGRAPHY

Stefanie Koemeda studied Biology in Zurich and Arts in Lucerne, Porto, and Vienna. She artistically engages herself in the characterization of human-made traces that are believed to endure geological periods and will by far outlast the existence of our contemporary civilizations. Her sculptural work creates new perspectives on sustainability, equality, and the constructed infrastructures of current societies. She has exhibited her work extensively in Europe and been the recipient of several grants.