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Anthea Moys

7, Marian rd, Craighall, 2196, Gauteng, South Africa.




Wits School of Arts:

- Bachelor of Fine Arts, graduated in 2004 with Honors Currently enrolled in the MAFA program, anticipated graduation October 2007 *MAFA dissertation topic: Enacting play: Performance in the Public Domain.

- Practical Specialization: Video, performance and photography.

- Final Cut Pro Editing Course, Wits School of Digital Arts, 2003.

- Interactive Video Art Course, the Bag Factory, 2007.

- Exchange Program: MAPS (Master of Arts in the Public Sphere) in Sierre, Switzerland November 2005 till June 2006.


Group Exhibitions (Selected):


Wits art Gallery: “Young Expressions” and “Choose Your Own.”


44 Stanly ave, Auckland Park: “Soft Exhibition”

Bag Factory:  Fordsburg, JHB: “Herd”

Wits art Gallery: Wits Schol of the Arts, Braamfontein, JHB: “Martienssen”

Johannesburg Art Gallery:  Joubert  Park, JHB:“Negotiate”

Spark! Gallery: Sound “Pandemonium”

The Songwriters Club: Newtown, JHB: “Off the wall”

Melville Tennis Courts:  Melville, JHB: “Art in the Dark”


Ethno Café: Geneve, Switzerland: Performance with Donna Kukama,

Elias Conference, Gent, Belgium: “MAPS”

Johannesburg Art Gallery: Joubert Park, JHB:“Woman in Photography and New Media”

Bassline: Newtown, JHB: “CIT:Y Awards”

Alliance Francais: Parkveiw, JHB: “I love you Positive or Negative”

The Premises Gallery: Braamfontein, JHB: “Kazoo- it’s a live art thing”


August House: Doornfontein, Johannesburg: “Kin:Be:Jozi Finale”

Drill Hall: Joubert Park, Johannesburg: “Extraordinary Deals”

Moja Modern: “The Neverending”.

Goethe Institut: “Armed Response 2”.

Vega School of Design, Cape Town: “SA Arts Emerging” on X Cape fringe.

Facultad de Bellas Artes, Cuenca, Spain: “MAPS II”

Bag Factory: “Photomarathon”. 


Photomarathon, Bag Factory, Newtown, 2007- Bronwyn Lace.

Walkshop, Marseilles, France, 2006- Hendrik Sturm.

Polite Force, Johannesburg city centre, 2003- Christian Nerf.



Awards and Nominations:

CIT: Y Awards: Nominated. November 2006.

Merit Award 2005 from Wits University.



Kin:Be:Jozi: part of the Joubert Park Project - exchange project between artists from Bern, Kinshasa and Johannesburg. Duration: 6 months. Base: August House, Doornfontein.


Events (Selected):

Kazoo- it’s a live art thing December 2006: Co-managed, curated and exhibited with Juliana Smith (USA). Launch event. Artists included Penny Siopsis, Barend De Wett, Simon Gush, Maja Marx, Ella Ziegler and Lerato Shadi.

Adobe Live October 2005

Assistant Manager for event that takes place annually in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg.

BMW showroom July 2005: Co- Managed and curated an exhibition. Featured artists: Zander Blom, Michael McGary and Marcel Waldeck.

Occupied Arts Events July 2004 - March 2005: Managed and co-managed 9 art events in Newtown, Johannesburg as well as at Johannesburg Art Gallery.


Work experience:

Sasol Wax Art Awards 2007: Currently the assistant curator for Carola Ross and Associates.

Goethe-Institut: Co-curated Armed Response 2 exhibition. April 2007.

Wits School of the Arts: Performance (2 week block) with Karel Nel, May 2007.

Funda Community College: 2 day public performance workshop, May 2007.

Wits School of the Arts: 3 day public performance workshop with the 3rd and 4th years, October 2006.

‘Last One Standing’ snow ball fighting game. Photographer. Fully, Valais, Switzerland, April 2006.

Brett Kebel Art Award 2005. Kathryn Smith: Email Smith

JHB Live (website) Fashion editor for 6 months 2005.

Merely Mortal: gallery and restaurant. Hostess, waitress and in charge of art sales.



2 week Performance and video block at University of Johannesburg in October 2007.


Artist Statement

Play, participation, action, games, role playing, rules and intervention are points from which one can access my work. These themes are also points from which I make my work. I work with video, photography and performance. My work is basically a continuous exploration into the relationships between play and gaming enacted through performance in the public domain.


"... games are a practice aimed at representing a reality that, in the margin of our daily world, never cease to be taken as a model of reference. Games allow participants to act in a world made up according to their own rules but by which, to a certain extent, re-enact the real world. It's a ritualized activity that places us in a world different from the ordinary, although it is inspired by such a world." (Soler 2004:


As I am also a dancer- fluent in Classical Greek, Contemporary and Afro Fusion, my experience in performance began when I was 5 years old. However, I tuned into it more in the more visual art arena in Sierre, Switzerland where I took part in the MAPS (Masters of Arts in the Public Sphere) program for 8 months. I made several works there. When I returned I continued to work with performance specifically in the public domain as well as video as my second medium.


At the moment I am currently completing my Masters in Fine art with my thesis entitled: “Enacting Play: Performance in the Public Domain.” Currently I am working as assistant curator for the Sasol wax art award and am teaching performance blocks in various institutions on a part time basis.


Recently I attended a residency for 6 weeks titled: the Kin:Be:Jozi project, managed by Dorothee Krudzfelt. Here I worked with artists from Johannesburg, Switzerland and Kinshasa predominantly in the East of Johannesburg, namely Hillbrow and the surrounding areas. Please see the blog: for more detailed information.


“Above all, perhaps, it is important to engage in an equal exchange with others that re-embodies experiences and meanings across networks of ‘locals’. In this respect the tricky spirit of invention and intervention seeks to open up new ethical landscapes, creating both new narratives and new agents” (Peluffo:2005:63).


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