JARRETT ERASMUS


Jarrett Erasmus (b. 1984, Cape Town) is a Johannesburg-based artist and educator working across the media of painting and social practice. His work investigates post apartheid realities in South Africa and their effects on social dynamics, spatial aesthetics, and communities, both within South Africa and in various African diasporas. A member of the Burning Museum collective, he completed a MA in Fine Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2017, and in 2016 participated in the Summer School programme at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdk).

Erasmus has presented his solo work and collaborative projects in a variety of institutional and public contexts, including at the Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town (2019), the Festival d'Art Urbaine, Antananarivo (2016), the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2014) and at the African Art Forum in Venice (2017). Erasmus remains active in several community art initiatives that were instrumental in facilitating arts education for people of colour under the apartheid regime, and is currently Chairperson of the Thupelo Arts Trust, a foundation dedicated to fostering artistic experimentation and international exchange.

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