blank projects is pleased to present Groenpunt, a solo exhibition by Bronwyn Katz in which she revisits the unearthing of human remains that took place in the Cape Town suburb of Green Point in 2003. Utilising the inner foam from used chairs, mattresses and other household furniture, Katz contemplates the violence of the act of unearthing and its relation to the disinheritance of the land in the history of South Africa.
The title of the exhibition is multifaceted, referring both to the Cape Town suburb and to the place of Katz’s upbringing in Groenpunt, Kimberley. This location is also where the majority of her known ancestors have been buried.
Katz’s ongoing practice engages with land as a repository of memory. She reflects on the notion of land as lived experience, and on the ability of the land to remember and communicate the memory of its occupation. Through her practice she seeks to provoke the act of memory.
Recently, Katz participated in the 12th Dak’Art Biennale (Senegal, 2016). Groenpunt is Katz’s first solo exhibition.
Bronwyn Katz (b. 1993, Kimberly) lives and works in Cape Town. She graduated with a BFA from the Michaelis School of Art in 2015 and was awarded the Simon Gerson Prize. Katz’s oeuvre incorporates sculpture, installation, video and performance. Her sculptural work, Ouma grootjie (2015), was included in ‘3 881 days’ (blank lab, 2016), and she participated in ‘New Monuments’ at Commune 1 in Cape Town (2016). In 2015, she was a Sasol New Signatures merit award winner, and recently she was selected to participate in the 12th Dak’Art Biennale (Senegal, 2016). Katz is a founding member of iQhiya, an 11-women artist collective, which recently performed at ‘#theopening’ at Greatmore Studios, Cape Town (2016).