BA Fine Art Honours (Michaelis School of Art, Cape Town)
Advanced Diploma in Sculpture (Michaelis School of Art, Cape Town)
KALI VAN DER MERWE (b. Johannesburg 1964) re-named herself after the fierce Indian goddess of creation and destruction.
Kali's most recent exhibition 'After Life, an aperture on the mysteries life through the lens of death', was hosted at the historical Kings Map Room of Iziko South African Museum. This re-interpretation of the museum specimen guided by plays of imagination rather than organised by any systematic reason proved to be an extremely popular exhibition amongst adults and children alike. It garnered a number of positive reviews in the media and the exhibition was extended for a further 2 months at the museum for a total of 5 months.
Kali's formal education is grounded in a BAFA majoring in sculpture from Michaelis School of Fine Arts, University of Cape Town. Post formal study, she worked in the mediums of ceramics, printmaking and sculpture, exhibiting at galleries nationally and internationally, taking part in a group show at MOMA, Oxford.
Kali unpicked her formal art education living an experimental lifestyle in the former East Berlin in the early nineties. She began working with sound, filmed images, slides, photographs, light sculptures and serigraphs, collaborating with a number underground collectives of the time, creating installations in various cities including Amsterdam, Berlin and Zurich.
Returning to a democratic South Africa she extended her interest in filmmaking to make documentaries. Based in Cape Town, her work combined social issue filmmaking with creative social development and her collaborative documentaries won multiple local and international best film and jury awards at festivals over her 2 decade film career.
Kali's exhibitions are environments of microcosmic and macrocosmic, macabre beauty displayed in multiple mediums appealing to all the senses including touch and smell. Kali views herself as a visual advocate on behalf of wild, fragile indigenous flora and fauna, encouraging people to observe, connect, and be immersed in sense of wonder.
AfTeR LiFe – Solo show in Kings Map Room, Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town
e-x-p-a-n-s-i-v-e - Solo show as part of Fynarts Festival Hermanunus, Newton and Johnson Wine Estate
Botanica, New Perspectives on Botanical Art by Women Artists – Group show - artb The Arts Association of Bellville Cape Town
Verge, Art for Species – Group show - Old Gaol Museum Complex, Knysna, Western Cape
B-r-o-k-e W-h-o-l-e, the labor-oratory of Dr Kali – Solo show photographic, sculptural, video installation - Grande Provence Gallery, Franschoek , Western Cape
FABULA NEX – Solo show photographic, sculptural and installation - Rossouw Modern Hermanus, Western Cape
beyond Beyond, infinite and infinitesimal – Solo show photographic and installation - Prince Albert Gallery, Prince Albert, Western Cape.
That Art Fair – Print Gallery
beyond Beyond, infinite and infinitesimal – Solo show curated by Jackie Ruth Murray, photographic, installation and experimental video - Cameraland Cape Town
Skullduggery – Group show - The Studio, Kalk Bay, Cape Town
Botanical – Group Exhibition - Print Gallery Woodstock, Cape Town
Dark Light, images of re-awakening – Solo show Cape Town Castle as part of the 5th Cape Town Month of Photography
Dark Light - Kalk Bay Modern Gallery, Cape Town
AUTUMN MMXI - Group show - MUSEUM Photographic Art Gallery, Woodstock, Cape Town.
“out of the blue” - Solo show - an exploration of sensual feminine energies photographed underwater - Misael Space, Cape Town.
ORBIS - Commissioned to photograph the children’s eye ward at the Red Cross Children’s hospital.