Ann Gollifer (b.1960) has lived and worked in Gaborone, Botswana since 1985 as a painter, printmaker, photographer and writer, migrating between these disciplines. She is interested in the human condition: the themes of history and identity, both personal and collective; processes of ‘Othering’; and gender politics.
Much of Ann’s work is deeply informed by her own navigation of identity. Born in Guyana to British and Amerindian parents, she spent her early life in the Solomon Islands and Trinidad, before being educated in Britain, and completing a Masters degree in History of Art at Edinburgh University in1983.
The series ‘Say My Name’ was spurred by a return to her mother’s remote village in northern Guyana, and her earliest memories. Showcasing her inclination towards mixed mediums and layering, ‘Say My Name’ is a powerful self-portraiture series that speaks to history, colonial conquest, memory and matrilineage – the things that are gained as well as lost.
Ann’s most recent series, ‘Fairytales’, is a charming, fantastically subtle series of watercolours that plays with gendered and racial identities and dynamics to ask questions about what we value, and how we value.
In South Africa, Ann has worked with printmakers Mark Attwood and Joe Legate. She has exhibited at CIRCA Johannesburg (2011) and Everard Read (2009). Her work has been collected by the British Museum (Sainsbury Africa Galleries) as well as by the National Museum of Botswana and the Triangle International Art Workshops. In 2016, she was invited to speak at the British Museum about its collection of work by African women artists.
To see Ann’s catalogue from All Your Secrets (Johannesburg 2017) and Art Africa Fair (Cape Town 2017), click here.
Exhibitions, Awards & Collections
2011 “Living on a Horizon” Solo exhibition, Circa, Johannesburg.
2010 “What am I doing here Ke Dirang Ha?” ‘Solo exhibition, BICHA Gallery, South Bank, London.
2008 Open Studio, Dumbo, Triangle Workshop. New York.
2006 “Linhas de Sangue, Territories of the Heart”, Solo exhibition, Museu Nacional de Arte, Maputo, Mozambique.
2002 “Monomotapa”, residency exhibition, Fordsburg Studios, Johannesburg.
2001 “Hoche Koche”, multi media performance with Steve Dyner and Tumbuka Dance Compnay (showed at HIFA Harare, Grahamstown Festival, Dance Festival Avignon, Dance Umbrella Johannesburg)
2000 “Three Women Three Perspectives”, group show with Coex ae Qgam (Dada) and Neo Matome Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Windhoek & Gaborone; funded and hosted by the Alliance Francaise, Botswana.
Works in Public Collections
The Sainsbury Africa Galleries, The British Museum, London, UK
The Triangle International Art Workshops, New York, USA
The Alliance Francaise, Johannesburg, South Africa
The National Museum, Gaborone, Botswana
The Thapong International Art Workshop, Gaborone, Botswana
The Mbile Art Collection, Lusaka, Zambia