Francois Knoetze

Francois Knoetze is a scavenger, sculptor, performer, and video artist with an interest in the connections between social histories and material culture.

His roaming costumed performances and experimental videos pick at the socio-spatial force-fields that attempt to rigidly order the contaminated, folded, and entangled worlds of people and things. Since completing his formal education, Knoetze’s practice has been itinerant. He has spent the past 5 years working on projects in South Africa, Tanzania (artist in residence at Nafasi Art Space), The Democratic Republic of the Congo (as part of Kinact3 Public Art Festival), Dakar (Afropixel6/Digital Imaginaries), New York and Shenzhen (Digital Earth Fellowship). In 2015, Knoetze was featured as one of Mail & Guardian Newspaper’s ‘Top 200 Young South Africans’. He is a recipient of the Digital Earth Fellowship (2019). Knoetze is a co-founder of the Lo-Def Film Factory. Based in South Africa, the collective’s work involves archival research, dramaturgy and visual strategies associated with video art, collage, sculptural installation and Virtual Reality, to explore and create space for collaborative, experimental community storytelling.

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Francois Knoetze
Core Dump: Kinshasa / 09:40 / 2018 ▶
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Website: francoisknoetze.com