Kobie Nel


BY: Bergen

EPOST: info@kobienel.com


I was born and raised in Bloemfontein, South Africa’s judicial capital. When I was 25, I relocated to Australia where I completed my BA in Photography at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). I have been based in Norway since 2013 and obtained my MFA at the Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB) in 2016. I work in photography, text, video and installation. My practice involves extensive research, guided by an interest in the construction and performativity of identity. I work with something like a narrative or a structure, and the things that I was educated to think were suspicious—like spectacle—since I think it is possible to build and destroy in that space, and to reappropriate toward your own duration. Leaving aside the great narratives of history and their polished protagonists, my investigations arise out of a fascination with micro stories of individuals and the uncertainties, myths, speculations and distorting representations surrounding them. Confronting the inherent challenges of the visual record as part of collective memory.