Roberta Rich is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work responds to constructions of identity, often referencing her diaspora southern African identity and experiences. Utilising language and satire in her video, performance, installation and mixed-media projects, Rich draws from historical, socio-political and popular contemporary culture, to engage with notions of ‘authentic’ identity construction while ascertaining empowering forms of self-determination through her arts practice.
Since completing her Master of Fine Arts at Monash University, Rich has exhibited projects in Melbourne, interstate, as well as working across Johannesburg and Cape Town. Recent shows include, Deny/Denial/Denied; Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne (2017), One Colour at a Time: Contemporary Screen Prints; Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg (2017), an alumni of FCAC’s Emerging Cultural Leaders Program (2017), M/other Land as part of Next Wave Festival at Arts House (2018), Transmissions; Gallery MOMO Cape Town, (2018), The Fairest Cape? An account of a Coloured; Firstdraft Sydney (2019) and We Koppel, We Dala; Metro Arts, Brisbane (2019). Her recent residencies in South Africa were supported by NAVA’s Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and is the 2020 recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Debra Porch Award.
Top Image: A woman with brown short curly hair, wearing a black top and black jeans, is focusing on a wall and appears to be drawing.
Photo by Zelé Angelides
Below Image: A woman with thick brown curly hair, wearing a black t-shirt is looking down at the camera, with her fist clench and right arm raised high. She is standing outside the entrance of a building with Victorian era-like architecture.
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Born 1988, Geelong, Australia. Currently living and working in Narrm Melbourne, Australia.
Master of Fine Arts Degree with APA Scholarship, Monash University, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Honours Degree of Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours, Monash University,
Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Bachelor of Fine Art, Monash University, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia