Negiste Yesside Johnson
Johnson’s visual Imagery is created on Lino (relief) and printed on handmade paper using oil based pigment. Making use of visceral elements i.e food to allow one to revisit “home” without crossing borders, implementing traces of food ingredients such as palm oil, cassava (Gari), Ocra into handmade paper processes. In her work she believes it is important for food to be used as a sensual cognitive subject/material in order to show the psychological emergencies faced by citizen x’s. The integration of food materials acts as a way of redesigning and reclaiming “statelessness” as well as commentary on the illusion that paper grants.
Through research into her family’s personal migration history, which investigates documentation; such as photograph, sound, video and texts of family members and herself, Johnson explores through her families identity politics, forced or voluntary displacement conditions. Johnson plucks influence into her theory of practice through the current state of migration, within a global perspective, and tightening the gaze on intracontinental migration specifically South Africa and Nigeria. Reading articles, essays, comments of digital posts, reviewing backdated history into borders and tribalism. Johnson is pedantic in observing the regional and national political climate and its impact on immigrants, whilst exploring the concept of paper as a tool for progression or restraint. She is conscious to not remove herself from the spiritual realm
2017 “Thinking Through the Arts” series of Sense Publishers.
Youth Engaging Through the Arts and Visual Practices to Address Sexual Violence, Pedagogy of Dress:
(Ad)dressing Sexual Violence: Girls and Women Creatively Resisting through Dress Indigenous Women Artists in South Africa.
Dr. Claudia Mitchel (McGill University) and Maria Ezcurra
ART AFRIQUE : LE NOUVEL ATELIER Bibliographie choisie Ouvrages consultables au Centre de Ressources. Bogosi Sekhukhuni Pg 19. Fondation Louis Vuitton.
‘Awe, Ma Se Kind!’ – Performance artists Desire Marea and Negiste Yesside Johnson in convo.
Marie Claire South Africa Online. How Artist Are Addressing Sexual Violence
2015 Post Internet-Bogosi Sekhukhuni.
David Krut Projects.com
By Negiste Yesside Johnson
2018 Thupelo International Workshop Residency
Cape Town South Africa
International Thupelo Exhibtion
Greatmore Studios, Cape Town South Africa
Prix Award Film Category
Tied Rope- Essay Film (Producer)
SMK- Statens Museum for Kunst (The Danish National Gallery. )SMK Fridays: CUT the GAP -IMA READ Collective in collaboration with Negiste Yesside Johnson, Phiwokuhle Sibande (True Skhanda Movas) and Neo Mahlasela, presents an auditory and visual installation.
Festival AvantGarde, Schiphorst¨ Lauenburg Germany
Festival IVAHM ( http://ivahm.com/acerca-de-ivahm/ )
Arts Center Vanguardia, La Neomudejar of Madrid. http://ivahm.com/videoperformance-memoria/
VENE Set Me Free Festival,Venice - ( Festival international de Vidèo Danse de
Bourgogne) May 2017- * OFF selection
AVA Gallery Cape Town : The Opalescent Abdication of Godot ( Multimedia Exhibition)
Soma Art + Space Maboneng : The Things We Do For Love- November 2016
2017 “Expensive Shit”
STEVENSON Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa - Mural Project
2014 Design Indaba Music Circuit, “Hlasko’ -Installation Designer
Cape Town, South Africa
2013 The Future White Women of Azania-The Procession - Athi Patra Ruga 2013 February
Standard Bank Gallery,Johannesburg,South Africa.