Renée Holleman lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.


Her wide-ranging practice is multi-disciplinary, including drawing, photography, installation, text and sound. Often drawing on detailed research she is concerned with the silences or absences that permeate the telling of histories and other narratives, in the poetics and politics of space, and the notion of viewership as potentially emancipatory.


Recent work focusses on an examination of sight, representation, mobility and place-making, in relation to land and landscape in South Africa and on the African continent at large.


Holleman’s practice is enriched by her experience working in the cultural sector which acts as the extension of her investment in art as a means to think about and produce shared, inclusive experiences. She has shown locally and internationally and her writing is represented in a number of South African arts publications.


Select Group and Solo Shows

2019 - Rencontre de Bamako - Courants de Conscience

2019 - A Brief History of the Horizon: Solo Show, AVA Gallery - Cape Town

2012 - Absa L’Atelier 2012: Absa Gallery - Johannesburg

         - Critics Choice: AVA Gallery - Cape Town

2011 - A Novel in Parts: Solo Show, What if the World Gallery - Cape Town                  

2010 - In Other Words: Goodman Gallery - Johannesburg                                                                  - Johannesburg Art Fair: What if the World Gallery - Johannesburg

         - There is a Lovely Land: Museet for Samtidskunst - Denmark. With Doing it for Daddy

2009 - Holiday: What if the World Gallery, Group Show - Cape Town                                                  - Word!: AVA Gallery - Cape Town

         - Nation State: Goodman Gallery, Cape Town & Johannesburg. With Doing it for Daddy

2008 - Erratum: MFA Show, Michaelis Gallery - Cape Town

2007 - Spier Contemporary 2007:  Spier Wine Estate, Cape Town & JAG, Johannesburg.

           With Doing it for Daddy

         - Cape '07: Intervention outside Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

           With Doing it for Daddy

Grants & Awards

2018 - National Arts Council Grant

2012 - Absa L’Atelier Award: Finalist

2010 - Residency with Doing it for Daddy: Museet for Samtidskunst - Roskilde, Denmark

2007 - Spier Contemporary: Winner with Doing it for Daddy                           

2005 - 2008 - UCT Scholarships: University Research, MacIver December, Postgraduate

           Entrance Level, KW Johnstone Research, Jules Kramer Music and Fine Art, Lily

           Ashton Education.

2000 - Academic Colors: Rhodes University

Select Professional Experience


Arts and Culture Management

Nov 2012 - current: Project Manager - Cultural Economy: City of Cape Town


2008 - Master of Fine Art: University of Cape Town, Cape Town

1999 - Bachelor of Fine Art: Rhodes University, Makhanda (Distinction)

For a complete resumé please contact the artist.