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Monique Pelser, born 1976 in Johannesburg South Africa, is a visual artist currently working and living between Cape Town and New York City.

Pelser was educated at the Market Photography workshop in Johannesburg in 1996 and received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Rhodes University Grahamstown in 2005 she where she… Read More
Monique Pelser, born 1976 in Johannesburg South Africa, is a visual artist currently working and living between Cape Town and New York City.

Pelser was educated at the Market Photography workshop in Johannesburg in 1996 and received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Rhodes University Grahamstown in 2005 she where she majored in the photographic arts. In 2006 she was awarded a Master of Fine Art with distinction. Her master's submission Roles, where she engaged in a series of role reversal portraits, awarded her the accolade by Art South Africa as Bright Young Artist for 2007. In 2009 she was awarded the Tierney Fellowship for photography which led her to being awarded a full scholarship to participate in the intensive 10 month residency programme PhotoGlobal at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2012/13.

Since 2007 she has lectured in photography and visual art at Rhodes University, Wits School of Arts, Stellenbosch Visual Arts Department, AAA School of Advertising and the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg.

Pelser is part of a group of emerging photographers who span the African Continent and has been attending portfolio reviews and master classes around Africa over the past five years. In 2011 she was invited to co-curate the show Témoin/ Witness with Sammy Baloji, which showcases the work of the group of photographers who have been involved in this project. Témoin opened at the Recontres Bamako Biennale, Mali in 2011 and is touring 11 various centers across Africa. The show is currently in Lagos at the Lagos Photo Festival 2013.

Her extensive body of work Ons Land/ Our Land : The Joannesburg Station Panels Revisited is currently exhibited at the Oliewenhuis Art Museum in Bloemfontien South Africa.

Pelser uses photography as a way of exploring conventions and the authority established through photographic representation. Her practice engages with questions concerning the role photography plays in establishing our idea of time, identity, personal and collective memory. Read Less
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