Ilené Bothma

1981 - 


Ilené Bothma was born in Port Elizabeth. She received a BFA (with distinction) in 2003 and an MFA in 2007, both degrees awarded by Stellenbosch University. She received a second MFA (with distinction) in 2011 from Northumbria University in the United Kingdom.

In discussing her work, Bothma explains: ‘My art practice questions the ambivalence that I experience towards the domestic. It is in this state of questioning, of feeling vulnerable and exposed, that I explore the comfortable and the awkward, the controlled and uncontrolled, the familiar and the strange, exteriority and interiority. It is at the meeting point of these dualities, where the pairings slip and merge, that I situate my work. It is in this space that ambiguity opens up, where hesitation, confusion, misunderstandings and mistakes materialise. It is a faltering point, which is sometimes unknowable and unspeakable.’


Read an interview with Bothma about her artistic journey, choice of media & inspiration here.

Solo exhibitions

2018 Between Grief & High Delight, 99 Loop, Cape Town

2017 The Theatre of the Mother-Cord, 99 Loop, Cape Town

2016  Veiled Threats, 99 Loop, Cape Town

2014 Weird Marriage, Underculture Contemporary, Port Elizabeth

2013 Weird Marriage, The AVA, Cape Town

2007 alkant selfkant, Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville


Group exhibitions

2016  Untitled 3.99, 99 Loop, Cape Town

2016  Salon 2016/2017 at The AVA gallery, Cape Town

2016  Alteration, 99 Loop gallery, Cape Town

2016  Artemesia, DF Contemporary, Cape Town

2016  Untitled 2.99, 99 Loop gallery, Cape Town

2016  Bestiary, Untitled Studios, Cape Town

2016  Barclays L'Atelier Western Cape finalist exhibition at Rust-en-Vrede gallery, Durbanville

2016  THAT Art Fair, Woodstock, Cape Town

2016  Cabinet of Curiosities, Untitled Studios, Cape Town

2015  Persistence of Memory, Untitled Studios, Cape Town

2015  MDBA “Wish You Were Here” exhibition at Grahamstown Fringe Arts Festival, Grahamstown

2015  There Be Dragons, Gallery on Leviseur, Bloemfontein

2014  MDBA “Wish You Were Here” competition and group exhibition at artEC gallery, Port Elizabeth

2014  There Be Dragons, Underculture Contemporary gallery, Port Elizabeth

2013  Miniatures, Rust-en-Vrede gallery, Durbanville

2012  Vuleka 2012 Art Competition finalist exhibition at Artb. Gallery, Bellville

2011  Visual Arts11 Postgraduate Degree Show at Gallery North and Squires Building, Northumbria University, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

2011  Found, two-person exhibition and co-curator at Moving Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom

2011- O’wd Towser group exhibition as part of Holmfirth Art Festival, Holmfirth, United Kingdom

2009  Pigment on Paper, UCA gallery, Cape Town

2009  Miniatures, Cultivaria Festival, Paarl

2008  All I want for Christmas, Off the Wall Contemporary, Paarl

2008  30X30, SU Museum and Gallery, Stellenbosch

2008  Postcard Show II, Off the Wall Contemporary, Paarl & Lourensford Wine Estate, Somerset-West

2007  Masters exhibition at the SU Museum and Gallery, Stellenbosch

2007  Sasol New Signatures competition finalist exhibition at Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria

2007  Artwords, Rust-en-Vrede gallery, Durbanville

2006  KRISP, Artb. Gallery, Bellville

2004  KRISP, Artb. Gallery, Bellville

2003  IMPACT (as part of the 3rd International Printmaking Conference in Cape Town), SU Museum and Gallery, Stellenbosch

2003  Section 53,  Department of Visual Arts, Stellenbosch University

2002  PHOTO/ART, Sasol Gallery, Stellenbosch