Zyma Amien is an artist whose work will be exhibited as part of the ‘Athlone in Mind’ exhibition at the Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, from 10-13 August 2017. This upcoming exhibition of commissioned contemporary art is a group show curated by Dr Kurt Campbell. The exhibition, book and digital platform take the place of Athlone to explore new ways of imagining and thinking about marginalised sites of creativity and arts production. ‘Athlone in Mind’ engages diverse artistic practices, cinematic experiments and scholarly essays that explore the challenge to artistic practice for imagining space in ways that exceed and undo apartheid’s spatial formations and temporal markers.
The artworks, videos, digital and photographic installations and essays in the book constitute Athlone as a question through an expansive, fluid and composite conception of the relationship between images, thought and place.
Zyma Amien, born in 1962, is a South African artist based in Cape Town working in the field of conceptual art turning her lens on socio-political issues. In 2015, she completed her MFA Fine Art (Cum Laude) at University of Cape Town. She completed her Bachelors of Fine Art at the University of South Africa in 2013 receiving the top prize in the country. She was awarded the PPC cement concrete sculptor award in 2012. During 2016 she participated in multiple exhibitions ranging from the Netherlands (Uncover the City), to Sasol Art Museum in Stellenbosch (100 geographies) and Iziko National gallery in Cape Town. She participated in the Ekurhuleni competition and won Sasol New Signatures. Currently, she is participating the Nirox Sculpture Fair, preparing for an exhibition called, Athlone ‘in’ Mind, as well as working towards the solo exhibition for Sasol. Presently, she is lecturer at the University of South Africa.
Zyma Amien will explore vacated parts of Athlone by using suspended sculptures that rethink the dynamics of space. She works with ordinary objects in extraordinary ways. Her sculptural practice includes installation art, cement casting and large-scale garment constructions.
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