Nel, Kobie

Research, installation, photography, video, text

Artist statement

I have a love for colour and unrelenting interest in the intersection of the pictorial way of looking or thinking, with a physical matter of the body and the materiality of things in a space. I am interested in how we experience and construct a sensory experience.

I often create site-responsive installations for the audience and myself too, that probes, provoke and simply raise awareness of this contingent universe we find ourselves in. I have a research-based, investigative practice and work within photography, text, video, sculpture and installation. Storytelling, in visual and linguistic form, is central to my work.

Open studio Saturday the 27th of April 2019

Møllendalsveien 17
5009 Bergen

Telefon: 97750407


Kobie Nel (1984, South Africa)
Lives and works in Bergen, Norway

2016 MFA, Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB), Bergen, Norway 
2011 BA Photography, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia

2005 Diploma in Graphic Design and Multimedia, Planet Pixl School of Advertising, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Solo exhibitions
2018 Apple Puma, Bergen Contemporary Art Project, Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen, Norway

2017 Of her face I have only a feeling that it appeared heavy, Tag Team Studio, Bergen, Norway

2015 Empty the Earth to Fill the Sky, Galleri Fisk, Bergen, Norway

2014 The Shape of Things to Come, Galleri Blunk, Trondheim, Norway

2007 Duplex, Oliewenhuis National Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Group exhibitions | projects
2018 Høstutstillingen, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway
Shortlisted, Den Danske Bogdesignpris, Black Lake Monologue, Denmark
Superare Sensibus, KNIPSU and Lydgalleriet, Bergen, Norway
ART + FOLK, Pamflett, Grafikk gjengen, Bergen, Norway
Kunstmarked, Bergen, Norway
Bergen art book fair, CODA press, Bergen Kunsthall, NO

2017 The Staged Club, curated by Beike Li, Hong Kun Museum, Beijing, China 

Book launch, Bergen Art Book Fair, CODA Press, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway

FELT Fokus, Landmark, Bergen, Norway

Axolotl, Galleri FELT, Bergen, Norway

Accessing the Memory, I: project space, Beijing, China 

2016 hex, KHiB graduate exhibition, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway 

2015 Page 2, Book Launch and Performative Reading, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway

Kunstauksjon Syria,VISP, Østre, Bergen, Norway

In Hockney’s Footsteps, Rom 8, Bergen, Norway

Performance Art Bergen, Gamle Bergen Kretsfengsel, Bergen, Norway

Passenger, Bergen Academy of Art and Design (KHiB), Bergen, Norway

2014 Dissensus, Hardbakka Ruins Project, Bergen, Norway

Volle, SIM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland
 Cartographer, SIM Gallery, Reykjavik, Iceland

2013 Mirror Mirror: Contemporary photographic self-portraiture, curated by Linsey Gosper, 
 Colour Factory Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, Australia

2012 Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, Australia

Green bag Identity, Colour Factory Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
The Rest is Silence, Death Be Kind Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

This is Not Fine Art: Contemporary Practice from the BA Photography, First Site Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2011, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, Australia

2017 Black Lake Monologue, Published with CODA Press, Bergen, NO

2014 Artist in residence, hosted by SÍM - Association of Icelandic Visual Artist, Reykjavík, IS

Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)

Unge Kunstneres Samfund (UKS)

Bildende Kunstneres Forening Hordaland (BKFH)

Norsk Billedkunstnere (NBK)
Bergen Kunsthall

Apple Puma, Installation view, Bergen Kjøtt, 2018
Apple Puma, Type C print, 2018
The Three Sisters, Type C print, 2018
Apple Puma, Canary feeding station, Bergen Kjøtt, 2018