Abri de Swardt (b. 1988, Johannesburg, based in Johannesburg and London) is an artist and writer operating in various modes of collage through what he calls “an aesthetics of drowning” and “the sunstroke of voice”. He holds a MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, as a Skye Foundation Scholar, as well as a BA in Visual Arts (Fine Art) and a BA Honours in Visual Studies, from Stellenbosch University. He has taught at Stellenbosch University and the WITS School of the Arts.
De Swardt has held solo exhibitions at White Cubicle, London, MOT International Projects, London, and blank projects, Cape Town. Recent exhibitions include Blend the Acclaim of your Chant with the Timbrels, Jerwood Staging Series, Jerwood Space, London (2016); Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2015, selected by Hurvin Anderson, Jessie Flood-Paddock and Simon Starling, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham, and Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Sightings, KZNSA, Durban; Poetics of Relation, LiveInYourHead, Geneva; Men Gather, in Speech…, Cooper Gallery, Duncan Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee (all 2015). He was selected as one of Wanted magazine’s inaugural Young African Artists in 2011, and included in Arcadia Missa’s publication How to Sleep Faster 5 in 2014. In 2016 he was shortlisted for the Rome Fellowship in Contemporary Art.
Curated by New Contemporaries for Daata