Gabrielle Goliath was born in Kimberley, South Africa, in 1983. She is a multidisciplinary artist known for her conceptually distilled and sensitive negotiations of complex social concerns, particularly in relation to situations of gendered and sexualised violence. She is currently working on a number of long-term performance projects, including her Elegy series, initiated in 2015. Elegy performances have been staged throughout South Africa and internationally, with each iteration marking the absent presence of a specific woman, or LGBTQI+ individual raped and killed in South Africa.Read More
Goliath is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Creative Arts (UCT), and holds a Master’s degree in Fine Art, University of the Witwatersrand (with distinction). Drawing on music’s capacity to both commemorate and evoke nostalgic memory, her current research aims to explore the possibilities and ethical demands of performing and making ‘shareable’ traumatic recall, specifically the lived and perpetually relived trauma of rape survivors in South Africa.
As an artist, she has exhibited widely, and was recently selected to participate in the 11th Bamako Encounters Biennale (2017), Mali, where she was awarded the Institut Français, Afrique en Créations Prize (Jury Prize) for her 5-channel video installation Personal Accounts. Her work features in numerous public and private collections, including the Iziko South African National Gallery, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Wits Art Museum.