Lyrene Kühn-Botma

Lyrene Kühn-Botma

Bio

Lyrene Kühn-Botma is an artist and researcher working at the University of the Free State as a Junior Lecturer where her main subject in teaching is Printmaking. In 2021 the artist obtained her M.A. Fine Arts degree with distinction, receiving the Dean’s Medal awarded to the graduate with the best results towards a Master’s degree within the entirety of the Humanities faculty. The artist has participated in many exhibition and competitions in South Africa. In 2019 the artist participated in the Nexus transitional exchange which was exhibited at the Vrystaat Festival’s Frynge festival as well as the Brighton Pride festival in Brighton, United Kingdom. Her research on paper and digital media involves the investigation of personal contemporary grief and bereavement, specifically the individual and collective iterations created and followed in mourning. This interest in death studies is further shared with an interest in video games, and how these two disparate experiences (grief and play) connect in distinctive ways as newly created contemporary practices in mourning. These personal experiences are investigated to explore the visual ways in which experiences of loss and trauma have been communicated through the conduits available in technologically driven societies, and how these new experiences provide novel empathetic experiences of loss.

2021

SASOL New Signatures Top 100: Discovering South Africa’s
Emerging Artists, Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
Phatshoany Henney New Breed Art competition Finalist exhibition, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Interface, Group exhibition, Online in conjunction with Vrystaat Frynge Festical 2021, to be exhibited physically at the Scaena Foyer, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa in 2022
The Printing Girls Annual Exhibition, Group Exhibition by
The Printing Girls Printmaking Collective,
-The Art Room, Parkhurst, Johannesburg, South Africa
-SA Print Gallery, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa
Untitled, Group exhibition by the Free State Art Collective,
Gallery 2, Johannesburg, South Africa

2020

Grounded, Group exhibition by the department of Fine Arts
at the University of the Free State, Online, Vrystaat Arts Festival vrystroom. URL

2019
Grief and Art: Sites, Games and Melancholy Objects, Solo
exhibition towards the completion of the M.A. Fine Arts
degree at the University of the Free State, Johannes
Stegmann Art Gallery, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Betwixt and Between, Group Exhibition, Sceana Foyer,
Free State Arts Festival Visual Arts Program, Bloemfontein,
South Africa
NeXus, A Transnational Exposition, Bloemfontein, South
Africa & Brighton, United Kingdom
-Vrynge festival, Free State Art Festival 1-7 July 2019
-Brighton Jubilee Library, Brighton Pride, Brighton, United
Kingdom 29 July- 11 August 2019

2018

Phatshoany Henney New Breed Art competition Finalist
exhibition, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South
Africa
Speaking out and standing up: An exhibition in honour
of courageous South African women, Group Exhibition,
Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South Africa Leermeesters, Group Exhibition, Gallery on Leviseur,
Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa

SASOL New Signatures Top 100: Discovering South
Africa’s Emerging Artists, Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria Art
Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
VROST: Free State Open Studio Tour, Free State Art
Festival, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South
Africa

2017

Bio Art Group Exhibition, Microbiology Department,
University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, Free State,
South Africa
Phatshoany Henney New Breed Art competition Finalist
exhibition, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein, South
Africa

2016
SASOL New Signatures Top 100: Discovering South
Africa’s Emerging Artists, Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria Art
Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

2015

A single grain of Rice competition Exhibition, Galerie
Metanoïa, Paris, France
ENGRAM, Exhibition show at the William Humphreys Art
Gallery, Kimberley, South Africa

2014
SASOL New Signatures Top 100: Discovering South
Africa’s Emerging Artists, Finalist Exhibition, Pretoria Art
Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

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