Artist CV

Artist's statement

(b 1983South Africa. Lives and works in Johannesburg)

Barnett uses drawing, printmaking, photography, moving image and installation to examine particular locations in relation to the body, time and scale. Her work makes connections between the geographical, the experienced and the materiality of surfaces, and questions the relationship between theoretical, surmised and accidental logic. Barnett has recently been making work about the Vredefort Dome, a meteor impact site located just south of Johannesburg. The site itself has been eroded over billions of years, so it is difficult to imagine the massive collision and its extraordinary effect on the earth as we know it. Only from an aerial birds-eye view can we discern the geological formations that are the only evidence of its existence.

Group exhibitions

The Dragon is the Frame, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL 
I Accidentally Turned Off the Sun: 2012 UIC Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 400,  Chicago, IL 
Where are we exactly - are we near the island? The island- is that what you call it?,  Outlet Project Room, Johannesburg 
Camera Obscura, Point Bridge, Chicago
Bronx Calling: Bronx AIM Biennial at Bronx Museum of Art, New York 
Afropolis at Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Cologne 
SA2010 at Galerie 3,14, Bergen, Norway ISIS Arts, Newcastle, UK
Double Body, Fada Gallery, Johannesburg
Near Sighted, Far Out at Harvestworks, New York
The New Spell at David Krut Fine Arts, New York
Spier Contemporary 2007, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Armed Response Exhibition at the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg 
Absa Le'Atelier exhibition at the Absa gallery in Johannesburg 
Kazoo - Play, Action, Intervention in Public and Private Space - Premises Gallery,  Johannesburg 
Sasol New Signatures exhibition - Pretoria Art Museum. 
HIV: I Love You Positive Or Negative group show - Alliance Francaise Johannesburg 
Real Presence06 - Belgrade, Serbia 

Awards & residencies

ACRE Residency - Stueben, Wisconsin 
Harold Arts Residency - Chesterhill, Ohio  
Sober and Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art Residency - Johannesburg South  Africa  
Edlis-Neeson Award from School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at  Chicago 
AIM - Artists in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of Art, New York 
AIM (Artist in the Marketplace) artist for 2009 – Bronx Museum of Art, New York  
Cité Internationale des Arts - Paris, France  
Spier Contemporary Award in Cape Town, South Africa 
Gerard Sekoto Award in the Absa L'Atelier Awards, Merit Award in the Absa L'Atelier  Awards 
Real Presence 06 - Belgrade, Serbia  
Giovanna Milner Scholarship for distinguished work in practical Fine Art and History  of Art from Witwatersrand University 
Martienssen Prize from Witwatersrand University 

Press & publications

IN/FLUX: Mediatrips from the African World - Collection of African Video Art, curated by SPARCK and Lowave (South Africa/France) 

Bronx Calling: Catalogue from the first AIM Biennial 2011 


Master of Fine Arts degree at University of Illinois at Chicago 
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, with  distinction.