Mrs Johandi du Plessis-Kleynhans
Position
Junior Lecturer
Department
Fine Arts
Address
Fine Arts
IB 24
UFS
Telephone
0514019616
Office
Claerhout Building D2
Information

Short CV

About

Johandi du Plessis is a South African artist and academic based in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She has been teaching in the Fine Arts Department at the University of the Free State since 2015. Du Plessis received her BA in Fine Arts from the University of the Free State in 2014 and is currently in the final stages towards completing her MA in Fine Arts at the UFS.

Current research

Dissertation title: Curious image objects and South African social imaginaries: Place, desire, power. 

Supervisors: Janine Allen-Spies (Artist and Associate Professor, Fine Arts), Suzanne Human (Associate Professor, Art History and Image Studies) and Willem Boshoff (Artist and Associate Professor, Fine Arts)

Current exhibitions

Her solo exhibition, VIRAL IMAGES, is on show at Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa, from 24 November 2022 until 12 February 2023. View Oliewenhuis’ Facebook and Instagram pages as well as Du Plessis’ Instagram profile for photographs of the opening event and exhibition. The exhibition of artworks are presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Masters’ degree in Fine Arts at the University of the Free State, South Africa, in the Faculty of Humanities, Department of Fine Arts, and Art History and Image Studies. View catalogue

 

Teaching experience

Junior Lecturer | Fine Arts Department, University of the Free State South Africa | June 2019 - (permanent) and May 2015 - May 2019 (contract)

Junior Lecturer | Art History and Image Studies, University of the Free State | January - July 2018 (contract, maternity leave)

Lecturer | Graphic Design, Midrand Graduate Institute (MGI), Bloemfontein, South Africa | February - May 2015 (contract, maternity leave)

Social media

Academia | Instagram | LinkedIn | Website

 


Publications

Solo exhibitions

2022-2023. VIRAL IMAGES, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa | View catalogue

 

Group exhibitions and competitions

2023. Resonance, Co-Op Gallery, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2022. Good Neighbours, NIROX Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, Krügersdorp, South Africa | View newspaper

2021-2022. Interface Group Exhibition, exhibition website and Johannes Stegmann Art Gallery, Free State Arts Festival, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa | View virtual tour

2022. A Wound in Time, Fine Arts Department Alumni group exhibition, Fine Arts Department, Mabaleng Building, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa | View virtual gallery

2022. Equilibrium Group Exhibition of the Free State Art Collective, Ark Gallery, Rosendal, South Africa

2021-2022. Are you game?, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2022. Kattekwaad, Co-Op Gallery, Bloemfontein, South Africa

 

2021. Sasol New Signatures Art Competition Top 100, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa | View catalogue

2021. Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Free State Arts Festival, Bloemfontein, South Africa

 

2020. Myopia, William Humphrey´s Art Gallery, Kimberley, South Africa | View virtual exhibition

2020. Lockdown: A viral experiment, social media platforms and the Free State Art Collective website

2020. Grounded Group Exhibition, Free State Arts Festival website, Free State Arts Festival, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

 

2019. Sasol New Signatures Art Competition Top 100, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa | View catalogue

2019. Betwixt and Between Group Exhibition, Scaena Gallery, Free State Arts Festival, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2019. Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Blocks, Scaena Foyer, Free State Arts Festival, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2019. Multilingual Festival Group Exhibition, Scaena Gallery, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

 

2018. Speaking out and standing up: An exhibition in honour of courageous South African women, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2018. Flux group Exhibition, Scaena Gallery, Free State Arts Festival, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2018. Leermeesters van Bloemfontein, Gallery on Leviseur, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2018. Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

 

2017. Sasol New Signatures Art Competition Top 100, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

2017. Bookness: Contemporary South African artist´s books, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa

2017. SA Taxi Foundation Art Award Top 30, Lizamore and Associates Gallery, Pretoria Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa View catalogue

2017. A stream of consciousness: A national exhibition with fifty-five artists and two-hundred-and-seventy-five works, Liebrecht Art Gallery, Somerset-West, South Africa

2017. Bio Art Group Exhibition between the UFS Fine Arts and Microbiology Departments, Microbiology Department, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2017. Saadjies/Psyches: Cool Capital Guerrilla Biennale, South Africa: Cape Town, Potchefstroom, Pretoria, Richmond, Stellenbosch and internationally: Brussels, Amsterdam, Utrecht, London

 

2016. Sasol New Signatures Art Competition Top 100, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

2016. District Six Fiftieth Commemoration Print Exchange, District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa

2016. Phatshoane Henney New Breed Art Competition, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2016. Mustrise group Exhibition: Thirty contemporary South African Artists, Sosesame Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2016. Otherwise Travelling Exhibition, Artec gallery, Gqebhera and the National Arts Festival, Makhanda, South Africa

2016. Phatshoane Henney New Breed calendar, Bloemfontein, South Africa

 

2015. Barclay´s l´Atelier Top 100: Art needs you, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015. Sasol New Signatures Art Competition Top 100, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

2015. Ideé Fixe: Annual UFS Graduate Exhibition, Johannes Stegman Art Gallery, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

 

2014. Absa l´Atelier Top 100: Blood, sweat and tears, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014. Oculus: Annual Student Exhibition, Johannes Stegman Art Gallery, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2014. Torings: Community-based Group Exhibition, Scaena Galley, Free State Arts Festival, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2014. Yearly Science Expo, South Campus, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

 

2013. Sasol New Signatures Art Competition Top 100, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

2013. Curiosus: Annual Student Exhibition, Johannes Stegman Art Gallery, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2013. UFS English Style Guide, UFS website and Scaena Gallery, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2013. Shed your skin, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

2013. Unleashed: Annual Student Exhibition, Johannes Stegman Art Gallery, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

 

Conferences

2021. Making and Interpreting Art in 2021, Online, South African Research Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

 

Artist in Residency

Selected as one of fourteen of South Africa`s most promising emerging and mid-career artists to partake in the experimental and interdisciplinary residency, OPENLab Arts Residency 2016: The art of being social, Programme for Innovation in Artform Development (PIAD), Modern Art Projects South Africa (MAPSA), Richmond, South Africa. The residency was developed by artists and curators Paul Gazzalo and Carl Leimbach from Australia. The facilitators were artists Abrie Fourie (Berlin/South Africa), Ella Ziegler (Berlin), Khanyisile Mbongwa (South Africa) and Lesiba Mabitsela (South Africa). View the online version of the catalogue.

 

Work in collections

Department of Arts and Culture South Africa (DAC)

Modern Art Projects South Africa (MAPSA)

SA Taxi Finance Art Collection

South African Artist’s Books Online Database

 

Publications (Short List)

Area(s) of Interest

        installation art                              intermedia art

                  GIF                                                                          image theory                

   felis silvestris                   

                                                                                                                nostalgia

                                image clashes              social imaginaries    intergenerational memory and trauma     dead cat strategies

             colonial architecture                                                    memes                                              picaresque                    

  picturesque strategies

                  transitional objects           

                                                                                                                                 screens

                             (mis)appropriation

                                                                                                                                                                 branding

                                               design

Courses Presented

Fine Arts

Conceptual Art, Drawing, Digital Drawing and Painting, Painting, Sculpture and Installation, Studio Research (Undergraduate and Honours)

Exhibition Catalogue Design (Honours and assisting with select Masters)

Community Service

 

 

Service Learning



FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Neliswa Emeni-Tientcheu: +27 51 401 2536
Phyllis Masilo: +27 51 401 9683

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