Elrie Joubert

Elrie Joubert is a Bloemfontein-based visual artist. She completed her BA (Fine Arts) at the University of the Free State and went on to receive her MA (Fine Arts) in 2010 from the same institution. She won the Absa l’Atelier Art Competition in 2012 and has participated in various group exhibitions, notably TRIPE at the Dak’Art Biennale for Contemporary African Art, Senegal (2022), Oliewenhuis Art Museum (2021), Absa Gallery, Johannesburg (2019) and Small Objects, New York, USA. She had her first solo exhibition in 2014, titled “For Keep’s Sake”, followed by “From Crane Flies to Cameos” in 2016.

The basis of her conceptual work extends from an appropriation of traditional collections, such as the Cabinet of Curiosity, highlighting her contemporary stance on the theme by utilising varied approaches towards and views of objects, such as scientific inquiry, obsessive collecting and cataloguing to manipulate objects into artwork.

Elrie is currently lecturing printmaking, drawing, visual culture studies and art history at the Central University of Technology, Free State.

artwords – on memory and loss

Emma Willemse, Elrie Joubert, Laurel Holmes artwords 2023-10-30

The wildfire that tore across Table Mountain and on to UCT’s campus destroyed not only the physical archive of materials and records, but also aspects of historical memory. The object makes visible and tangible the loss of a library, representing not only UCT’s Jagger Library but also other archives, where materials and objects have been lost forever, and, in this case, where numbers (Dewey Decimal Classification) embody a larger set of meanings.