Angelique Bougaard is an emerging South African artist currently completing her Masters degree in Fine Art at the University of Johannesburg. She works in a variety of mediums to express her interest in memory and language.

“The stereotypical image of individuals classified as ‘Coloured’ is fraught with ambivalence. In this body of work for my Masters programme, I seek to empower a sense of my familial and communal identity through a perspective of ‘Kullid-ness’ that is experienced through childhood games. I critically and creatively examine the evolving nature of language instructions and behaviours across generations, and their iterations. In historical South African written discourses, the subtle nuances and differences that form part of the ‘Coloured’ identity contains representations of our (the so-called ‘coloured’s’) mixed ancestry that are reductive and generalised. In interrogating the racialised and cultural South African term ‘Coloured’, I employ practice-based research to propose an identity that is instead shaped toward ‘Kullid’. I acknowledge the activation of language, specifically Afrikaaps, a dialect that challenges ideological holds, reclaiming Gamtaal.” 

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“I believe that through behaviour, gesture, expression and the dramatisation of speech, the language expressed within the ‘Kullid’ community is brought to life, which highlights a particular set of codes and conducts. Language is about inclusion and exclusion which allows issues of identity to be revealed.”

“Within my community, language adopts a  hybrid structure that infuses Afrikaans and English terms that take on an amalgamated form. The heteroglot, hybridised and embodied nature of language within the rhymes of my childhood games acts as a vehicle for storytelling, meaning-making and memory work.”

Bougaard participated in Guns & Rain’s Fresh Voices exhibition (2020), was a merit award winner in the Sasol New Signatures competition (2019) and received a drawing award in the Strauss & Co Irma Stern competition (2018).



Exhibitions

  • 2021 Mother Nature in Monotype, The Printing Girls, White River Gallery
  • 2021 The Printing Girls, The Printing Girls, The Art Room
  • 2021 Making and Interpreting Art in 2021, with the National Research Foundation and University of Johannesburg, online
  • 2020 The Voices that Come to Us from the Past (honours exhibition), University of Johannesburg, Constitution Hill South Africa
  • 2020 The Student Collection-Unlocking Young Artist’s Voices, with the Lockdown Collection, online
  • 2020 Fresh Voices, Guns and Rain, online
  • 2020 The Feast of Saint Valentine, Association of Arts Pretoria
  • 2020 Easter Symbols, Association of Arts Pretoria, online
  • 2019 The Best of the Best, Alliance Française, curated by Gordon Froud
  • 2019 Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum
  • 2019 [Insert fancy title here], University of Johannesburg
  • 2019 #No Approval, with the University of Johannesburg, Alliance Française
  • 2018 The Best of the Best, curated by Gordon Froud, Alliance Française
  • 2018 Life force: The Still Lifes of Irma Stern, Straus & Co, Turbine Art Fair

Grants, Residencies and awards

  • 2019 Merit Award , Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum
  • 2018 Runner-up in paintings and two dimensional division, Strauss & Co Irma Stern competition

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