Gabrielle Goliath
Gabrielle Goliath Gabrielle Goliath

Gabrielle Goliath

b. 1983, Kimberley, Northern Cape, South Africa. Lives in Johannesburg.

Gabrielle Goliath explores challenging sociopolitical concerns, engaging the viewer in a visual and often physical sense. Recent bodies of work by Gabrielle Goliath have focussed on the trauma of violence, particularly in regard to the experience of women.


2015: ASAI In Print, Print Access Workshop Series, Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town.
2011: MAFA [with distinction], University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
2007: BAFA, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
2003:  Diploma Fashion Design, Technikon of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Solo Exhibitions - International

2019: Elegy / Kagiso Maema, Theatre of Vulnerability (It's the Real Thing Performance Art Festival), Basel.
2018: Elegy / Sizakele Sigasa and Salome Masooa, Verbo 2018, Saõ Paulo and Videobrasil, Saõ Paulo.
2018: Elegy / Joan Thabeng, Do Disturb Festival, Palais de Tokyo, Paris. 
2017: Elegy / Hannah Cornelius, Spielart Festival, Munich. 
2017: Elegy / Camron Britz, Spielart Festival / Munich.
2017: Elegy / Lekita Moore, Duke University, Durham.
2016: Elegy / Koketso “Queen”, Richmond Art Centre Atrium, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo.

Solo Exhibitions - South Africa

2018: Elegy / Louisa van de Caab, Iziko Slave Lodge, Cape Town.
2018: Elegy / Eunice Nthombifuthi Dube, Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg.
2018: Elegy / Joan Thabeng, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown.
2018: This song is for… Nondumiso Msimanga, Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg.
2017: Elegy / Karabo Mokoena, The Holocaust and Genocide Centre, Johannesburg.
2017: Elegy / Lerato ‘Tambai’ Moloi, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.
2017: Stumbling Blocks, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.
2017: Elegy / Noluvo Swelindawo, ICA Live Art Festival, Cape Town.
2016: Elegy / Sinoxolo Mafevuka, Langa Methodist Church, Cape Town.
2015: Elegy / Ipeleng Christine Moholane, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town.
2014: Faces of War, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg. 
2011: Murder on 7th, Nirox at Arts on Main, Johannesburg.
2010: Berenice, Circa, Johannesburg.
2009: Murder on 7th, Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg.

Group exhibitions - International

2024: 60th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia curated by Adriano Pedrosa, Venice, Italy.
2019: Future Generation Art Prize, Palazzo Ca' Tron University, Venice and Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev.
2019: Kubatana – An Exhibition with Contemporary African Artists, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Norway.
2019: Conversations in Gondwana, São Paulo Cultural Center, São Paulo.
2017: Afrotopia: Mobilize Possibilities, 11th Les Recontres de Bamako African Biennale of Photography, PAC Pavilion of Contemporary Art, Bamako.
2017: AFRICA, Raccontare un mondo, PAC Pavilion of Contemporary Art, Milan.
2017: Encounters of Bamako, African Biennale of Photography, Bamako.
2017: Africa Raccontare un Mondo, PAC Padiglioni d’Arte, Milan.
2017: SpielART Festival, Munich.
2016: After the Thrill is Gone, Richmond Center, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, USA.
2015: Sights and Sounds: South Africa, Jewish Museum, New York.
2013: Between the Lines, Former Tagesspiegel Building (Between the Lines, Symposium North), Berlin. 
2012: Photoville, Tierney Fellowship Exhibit, New York. 
2012: Dak’Art, Biennale of Contemporary African Art: Contemporary Creation and Social Dynamics, Dakar.
2013:  Between the Lines, Former Tagesspiegel Building (Between the Lines, Symposium North), Berlin.
2012:  Photoville, Tierney Fellowship Exhibit, New York.
2012:  Dak'Art Biennale, Senegal. 

Group exhibitions - South Africa

2018: Fracture Zone, 24th International Symposium on Electronic Art, Durban.
2018: Harboured, Silo’s District V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.
2018: Not a Single Story, Nirox Sculpture Park, Krugersdorp, South Africa.
2018: Evidence of things not seen: Performing gendered and Queer Identities, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg. 
2017: Looking after Freedom, Michaelis Galleries, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
2017: Writing for the Eye/ Writing for the Ear, Centre for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg, South Africa.
2017: Live Art Network Africa Launch, Institute for Creative Arts UCT, Cape Town.
2017: Report Back: States of Grace, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.
2016: The Evidence of Things Not Seen, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2016: In Context: Where We Are, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town.
2016: New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town. 
2015: In Print - In Focus, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town.
2014: Brave New World, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
2014: Language Games, Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town. 
2012: Rewind: Dathini Mzayiya & Gabrielle Goliath, Centre for African Studies, UCT, Cape Town. 
2012: A Shot to the Arse, The Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town. 
2012: Working Title, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town. 
2011:  Alterating Conditions: performing performance art in South Africa, Goethe on Main & the Bag Factory, Johannesburg.
2010:  Blissful Disturbance - WITS Masters and Fine Art Students,  Michaelis Galleries, Cape Town. 
2011:  Transformations: Women's Art from the late 19 Century - 2010, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
2010:  Unshape, Maker, Johannesburg. 
2010:  SPace, Museum Africa, Johannesburg. 
2010:  US, South Africa National Gallery, Cape Town.
2009: Art that comes towards you, Spring Art Tour, VANSA, Johannesburg.
2009: Domestic, Goethe Institute Arts on Main, Johannesburg. 
2009: Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria. 
2008: Four Tales, Galley MOMO, Johannesburg.
2007: Art's Alive JHB City Exhibition, Johannesburg.
2007: Lost and Found, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg.
2007:  Wits Martienssen Show, Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg.


Represented in the collections of the Iziko South African National Gallery and the Johannesburg Art Gallery, as well as in various academic, private and corporate collections.


2019: In J. Pather & C. Boulle (Eds.), ‘A Different Kind of Inhabitance’: Invocation and the Politics of Mourning in Performance Work by Tracey Rose and Donna Kukama , 'Acts of Transgression: Contemporary Live Art in South Africa', Wits University Press.

2017: Afrotopia: 11th Edition Rencontres de Bamako, Published by Ministry of Culture, Mali, Éditions Dilecta, [Exhibition catalogue].

2014: Outi Remes, Laura MacCulloch & Marika Leino (eds.), Performativity in the Gallery: Staging Interactive Encounters, Peter Lang International Academic Publishers, Switzerland.

2012: Claudia Marion Stemberger (ed.), Alterating Conditions: Performing Performance Art in South Africa, [Exhibition catalogue].

2012: Dak'Art Biennale: 10th Biennale of Contemporary African Art, Published by the Republic of Senegal, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, [Exhibition catalogue].

2012: Thembinkosi Goniwe (ed.), Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art, Co-published by Africa World Press and, Unisa Press, [Exhibition Catalogue].

2011: Gabrielle Goliath, Murder on 7th, Maker, [Exhibition Catalogue].

2009: Melissa Mboweni & Jacki McInnes (eds.), Domestic, [Exhibition catalogue].


2019: Future Generation Art Prize (Special Prize), Future Generation Art Prize, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev
2019: Standard Bank Young Artist Award
2017: Institut Français, Afrique en Créations Prize (Jury Prize), Bamako Encounters Biennale, Mali 2015: Ampersand Foundation Fellowship, New York
2011: Tierney Fellowship Award, Tierney Foundation, New York
2011:  Tierney Fellowship Award / Tierney Foundation / New York
2010:  Brait Everard Read Award / Circa / Johannesburg
2007:  Art's Alive JHB City Exhibition / Johannesburg
2007:  Wits Martienssen Award / Wits School of Arts / Johannesburg