Kobie Nel

(b.1984, South Africa)

Framing Invisible Things, Silkscreen prints ed. of 9, 9 neon tubes, 2 transformers, 2 timers

I consider myself as a kind of a detective who combines facts with fiction. In my research-based practice I investigate the inherent challenges of the visual record as part of collective memory. Leaving aside the great narratives of history and their polished protagonists, my investigations usually arise out of a fascination with micro stories of individuals and the uncertainties, myths, speculations and distorting representations surrounding them. I am interested in metaphysics, archaeology, mysticism, mythology and pseudo-science as a way of understanding the phenomena of life and ourselves in reality and imagination. The work manifests itself in photography, text and sculpture.

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