Born 1993 in Kimberley (South Africa),
lives and works in Cape Town and Johannesburg (South Africa)
Bronwyn Katz’s sculptures are crafted from fragile, soft materials that sometimes bear the traces of a past life. They implicitly convey the collective memory of the fractures that underly the territories she explores. In the Fagor factory, a metal thread pushes upward through the floor. Evoking an impenetrable forest through which curtains of rain fall, the installation was knitted by the artist — a lengthy process. The repetition of simple, measured and precise movements is an act of resistance for Katz, who also deploys this total commitment of body and mind in her performances. To the artist, this teeming bush of cacti, made with industrial-grade metal, represents Lyon’s industrial landscape fused with her own memory. Katz is interested in the notions of cartography, memory and language that are inherent to the landscape: the work’s title refers to a site of rock carvings located near her birthplace, by a river.