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Gabrielle Goliath’s ‘Elegy’ at National Arts Festival, Verbo in Mexico and Video Brasil

A durational performance conceived by Gabrielle Goliath titled Elegy brings together a group of female vocal performers to enact a mourning ritual. Intended as a response to the epidemic of violence perpetrated against women in South Africa, Elegy viscerally evokes the ongoing pain of countless individuals “whose subjectivities have been fundamentally violated – and who, as such, are all too easily consigned to a generic, all-encompassing victimhood.” Over the next month, Elegy will be performed at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (28 June – 8 July) before travelling to the Verbo festival in Mexico (3 – 7 July) and Video Brasil (7 – 27 July).

Gabrielle Goliath’s ‘Elegy’ performance features at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris

Gabrielle Goliath presents an iteration of Elegy at the DO D!STURB festival – a three-day festival of dance, music, video and performance – hosted by the Palais de Tokyo (8 – 10 April). As an ongoing series of commemorative gestures initiated in 2015, each Elegy performance, staged in various locations and contexts, calls together a group of female vocal performers who collectively enact a ritual of mourning. The performance of Elegy at DO D!STURB is presented and circulated on the recommendation of the A4 Arts Foundation based in Cape Town.

Various Goodman Gallery artists on exhibition about fashion in San Francisco

Five Goodman Gallery artists – Kudzanai Chiurai, Hasan and Husain Essop, Gabrielle Goliath, Haroon Gunn-Salie and Gerald Machona – exhibit work on the travelling exhibition, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art, at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (28 March – 26 August). The exhibition features 14 artists who are using fashion, textile, and clothing to comment on social and political landscapes since 1994, to consider a feeling of lacking social change within the country, and to imagine new alternatives for South Africa’s future.

A performance of Gabrielle Goliath’s “Elegy” in Johannesburg

The Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre hosts a performance of Gabrielle Goliath’s Elegy (10 December). As a commemorative gesture, Elegy calls together a group of female vocal performers, who collectively enact a ritual of mourning. The durational performance sustains a sung cry – evoking the presence of an absent individual. Responding to situations of extreme violence perpetrated against women, as well as trans and nonbinary people in South Africa, each performance of Elegy recalls the identity of individuals whose subjectivities have been fundamentally violated – questioning the all-too-easy consignments of a generic, all-encompassing victimhood.

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  • Faces Of War

  • Solo exhibitions

    Gabrielle Goliath / Stumbling Block / 2016

    Gabrielle Goliath / Elegy / 2015

    Gabrielle Goliath / Faces of War / 2014

    Group exhibitions

    In Context: Where We Are

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    [Working Title] / 2012

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    Group Exhibitions

    Teaching, Lectureships and Workshop

    Awards and Merits

    Academic Record and Residencies



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  • Videos

    Personal Accounts (Christolene), from video cycle Personal Accounts

  • Press for Gabrielle Goliath

    Goliath Gabrielle / Artthrob / South Africa / 23 - 15 January 2014

    A Review of Faces of War, Gabrielle Goliath at Goodman Gallery by Nicola Kritzinger (1.9 MB)

    Goliath Gabrielle / Business Day Live / South Africa / 30 January 2014

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    Goliath Gabrielle / Mail & Guardian / Johannesburg / 24 - 30 January 2014

    Abuse: A Goliath Undertaking by Zodwa Kumalo - Valentine (212.4 KB)

    Goliath Gabrielle / Design Art / South Africa / Issuu No. 2 December 2010

    Scene Too Much Gabrielle Goliath by Bettina Malcomess (1.2 MB)