Born in 1959, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Berry Bickle lives and works in Maputo, Mozambique. She studied in South Africa, receiving her National Diploma in Fine Arts from Durban University of Technology, then an MA degree in Fine Arts from Rhodes University.
A sculptor, painter, videographer and photographer, Berry Bickle creates art pieces using a variety of techniques. Memory, as well as communal and personal history, is at the heart of her artistic search. She addresses the painful colonial past and conflictual present on the African continent, standing up against the suffering of some and the political follies of others, as in anthropocentrism or forced exile, to which she herself was subjected. She uses varied salvaged objects as historical testimonies – archives, photographs, writings – that she gathers together, as if to bring together the crumbling pieces of Africa.
Her work is shown around the world, including in the Cuba, Dakar, Johannesburg, Venice and Bamako biennials, where she received the Jury prize during the photography biennial of Bamako in 2009, as well as the Rockefeller Creative Arts award. Her work has been presented at the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., in 2006, 2013 and 2015, the Fondation Blachère in 2015, and the BOZAR, in Brussels, among others. She also took part in the traveling exhibition Africa Remix, from 2004 to 2007, and represented Zimbabwe at the Venice Biennial in 2011.
Photography and digital manipulation
, Printed on Hahnemühle photorag baryta, 120 x 120 cm
As you know, the Coronavirus is spreading worldwide. After Asia, Europe and the American continent, the African continent sees the Covid19 epidemic coming with great concern, given the limited health infrastructures available in some countries.
All the AAD teams wish to give their warm support to the artists, professionals, partners and volunteers involved in our projects throughout Africa.
We have preventively taken the decision to temporarily suspend all our activities in the field in order to participate in the security of all and to try stop the spread of the virus on the continent.
As we know today, the speed of implementation of measures to protect people on a collective scale is critical in the future fight against the impact of this virus.
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