FRANCKI BURGER

BIOGRAPHY

FRANCKI BURGER

(b. 1966 Johannesburg, South Africa)

 

 

ARTIST’S STATEMENT

 

My work investigates landscape and history and how politics, race and violence are embedded/layered within the landscape. Historically, landscape in South Africa acted as a symbol of intimacy, a layered network of meanings and a place where cultural identity could be inscribed and imagined.

 

I am particularly interested in the role of the photographer in documenting the landscape. I examine archival images taken by official and amateur photographers of various battlefields as I believe that traces are still present on the landscape, a landscape littered with political ideologies that inform our identities. This view regards landscape conceptually, as a space of shifts and changes, rather than physically.

 

I re-photograph and layer archival and present-day landscapes in the darkroom, which results in a black and white photograph that reveals the way in which the landscape accumulates history and memory. I become an observer of past and present landscapes, merging them to construct a new document. This stems from an archaeological desire to scratch the surface of the soil for traces in the landscape, which might act as a crucial marker through which one investigates the past and negotiates the future.

 

 

BIOGRAPHY

 

Francki Burger was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1966. She gained a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design and Honours in Photography from the University of Stellenbosch in 1988. Burger studied photography at Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy (1989). On returning, she worked as a Press Photographer at Die Beeld newspaper until 1992. Burger assisted a commercial photographer for two years, after which she worked as a freelance professional photographer, specialising in portraiture, interiors and corporate assignments. Clients include various magazines and advertising agencies. She completed an Advanced Diploma in Fine Arts (Wits) in 2003 and received a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. Her thesis investigated photography, landscape and belonging in South Africa.

 

During this time she assisted in teaching first and second year students as part of her bursary. After her Master’s, Burger taught part-time at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Photography at Wits University (2011) and at the University of Johannesburg, Department of Communication – Photography and Theory (2012). Burger was also a part-time lecture at Vega School of Brand Leadership (2012). In 2013, she joined LISOF Design and Fashion Institute, where she acted as supervisor for the 1stand 2nd year photography courses. She also supervised and taught Research Methodology for their Honours program. In 2014 to 2016, Burger acted as supervisor for postgraduate Photography IV students at Tshwane University of Technology and lectured photography at Lisof.

 

Apart from exhibiting widely, she was the recipient of the Brait - Everard Read Prize, which included an exhibition at Everard Read and a catalogue of the work exhibited (2008). She also received the international acclaimed Tierney Fellowship Prize and participated in a group exhibition in New York, 2009. In 2012, Burger acted as curator for two group shows at Speke Photographic Gallery @ Circa in Rosebank, Johannesburg. In 2013, Burger did an intensive Alternative Photography course in Rochester, USA, learning wet and dry-plate collodion, a 1860 photographic process. She is currently lecturing on Art and Photography.

 

In her artistic work, she explores place and belonging. She is interested in how politics, race and history are embedded within the South African landscape and how it reflects our historical and ideological subjectivities.

 

 

CV

 

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

1988

Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design: University of Stellenbosch

 

1989

Diploma in Photography, Scuola Lorenzo de Medici, Florence, Italy

 

2003

Advanced Diploma in Fine Art, University of the Witwatersrand

 

2008

Master of Arts in Fine Art: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

 

EXHIBITIONS

 

2016  

South African Exhibition, British Museum, London

 

2015  

‘Battlefields’, Speke Photographic Galley @ Circa, Johannesburg

 

2014  

‘Battlefields’, MOP6, Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town  

‘SITE’ Group exhibition, Stellenbosch University gallery, Stellenbosch

 

2013  

Cape Town Art Fair

‘Camouflage” Group show, Speke Photographic Galley @ Circa, Johannesburg

 

2012  

Curator ‘Exposure Now’ and CMYK exhibition, Speke Photographic Galley @ Circa, Johannesburg

 

2010  

Circa Gallery - Re-tracing the Cradle, Johannesburg

 

2009  

The Rosedale Gallery, Michaelis School of Fine Art - ‘Anaphora’, Cape Town

Tierney Exhibition – New York Photo Festival, New York

 

2008  

Everard Read - ‘Belonging’ – MA show, Johannesburg

Everard Read – Landscape and Nude group exhibition

 

2005  

New Signatures Competition, Pretoria Art Museum

 

2004  

Eye shadow Group Show, Substation, Wits

 

2003  

Twiice International Group Show, Johannesburg

            Women’s group show, RAU, Johannesburg

 

1989  

Scuola de Medici Student Exhibition, Florence, Italy

 

 

RESIDENCIES

 

Nirox Foundation August 2009 Artwork commissioned by PAST and

Standard Bank for recent anthropological discovery at the Cradle of

Humankind (Malapa Site).

 

COLLECTIONS

 

Sasol Art Collection

Deutsche Bank

Wits Art Gallery

British Museum, London

Private collections

 

 

AWARDS

 

2008

Tierney Foundation Fellowship, New York

 

2007

The Brait – Everard Read Art Award, South Africa

 

2004

Merit bursary: MA study, University of the Witwatersrand

 

1994

Fuji Awards for Fine Art Photography, Gold and Bronze