kali van der merwe

photo credit: Nicky Newman

Kali van der Merwe

 

Kali van der Merwe was born in Johannesburg and re-named herself after the fierce Indian Goddess of creation and destruction.

 

Kali’s work merges boundaries between art, science, biology, astronomy and taxidermy, entering into the realms of imagination and magic. She explores trajectories between real and fictional, traversing nuanced interconnections between death and life. She recently had a solo show at Iziko South African (Natural History) Museum, which was well received by local and international audiences resulting in the museum extending the exhibition.

 

Kali’s formal study is a Fine Art Degree majoring in sculpture, yet while living in Berlin, she developed an interest in photography and filmmaking, and went on to an award-winning documentary film career spanning almost two decades.

 

Nine years ago, Kali moved from the city of Cape Town to her current location on a remote farm near the tiny village of Baardskeerdersbos. During this period in her mid forties, she became legally blind and found her world misty and blurred. After being unable to work properly, she experienced a dramatic restoration of her eyesight via cataract eye operations. Never taking her vision for granted, the fascination with beauty and miniscule detail attests to her renewed bionic vision.

 

Kali's inspiration surrounds her in the form of wild animals, plants and insects which she images in multiple mediums and immersive contexts hoping to inspire a sense of curiosity, connection and wonder.

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read article World within a world by Oliver Roberts

A short video created by Andrew Emdon

to celebrate 10 years of the

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

www.baardskeerdersbosartroute.co.za

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exhibitions / projects present & upcoming

DEEPEST DARKEST GALLERY

Constellation

 

29 June - 16 August

 

20 Dixon Street

Monday – Friday: 10am – 6pm

Saturday: 10am – 4pm

Sunday: Closed

http://www.deepestdarkestart.com/the-gallery

ANIMORTIS

Screening 15th November at Iziko Planetarium

 

Kali is currently working in collaboration with Simon Dunckley on an experimental, 360 degree, animated film to be screened at the Under the Dome festival at the Iziko Museum Planetarium Cape Town in November 2019. The project is in collaboration with Centre for Curating the Archive and Iziko Museums of Cape Town. The film is provisionally titled Animortis

 

The Under the Dome festival is unframed, unidentified, unbounded, unconventional, unveiled, unpredictable, unexplored, underground, unquantified, unconstrained, unprecidented, uninhibited, unexpected...

 

http://www.cca.uct.ac.za/news/cca-announces-under-dome-experimental-film-festival-collaboration-iziko-museums

BOTANICA ll

Art b Gallery

21 August - 10 September

 

 

BAARDSKEERDERSBOS ART ROUTE

26 October - 27 October 2019

 

 

exhibition history

 

BAARDSKEERDERSBOS ART ROUTE

27 April - 28 April 2019

 

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VERGE

10 - 30 November

Knysna Art Gallery,

Old Goal museum complex

 

more info: artforspecies.org

 

AfTeR LiFe

12 May - 14 October 2018

Iziko South African Museum

 

BOTANICA: New Perspectives on Botanical Art by Women Artists

12 September - 10 October 2018

art. b gallery Bellville
curated by Adele van Heerden

 

e-x-p-a-n-s-i-v-e

FynArts Festival Hermanus

Newton and Johnson Wine Estate

June 8 - 17 2018

 

 

BAARDSKEERDERSBOS ART ROUTE

31 March - 01 April 2018

 

www.baardskeerdersbosartroute.co.za

 

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BAARDSKEERDERSBOS ART ROUTE

23 - 24 September 2017

 

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Broke-Whole

the labor-oratory of Dr Kali

16th July  - 15 August 2017

The GALLERY at GRANDE PROVENCE 
Heritage Wine Estate

 

25 - 26 March 2017

 

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

 

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7 October - 24 October 2016

 

Rossouw Modern - Space

3 Harbour Road

Hermanus

 

www.rossouwmodern.com

 

 

1 October - 2 October 2016

 

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

 

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24 March - 20 April 2016

 

Prince Albert Gallery

beyond Beyond

infinite and infinitesimal

a photographic exhibition and installation

57 Church Street, Prince Albert

www.princealbertgallery.co.za

 

19 March - 20 March 2016

 

Baardskeerdersbos Art Route

 

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8 October - 7 November 2015

 

Cameraland Gallery

beyond Beyond

infinite and infinitesimal

 

curated by Jackie Ruth Murray

 

www.cameraland.co.za

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