Roberta Joy Rich
Roberta Rich is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work responds to constructions of identity, often referencing her diaspora African identity and experiences. Utilising language and satire in her video, performance, installation and mixed-media projects, Rich draws from historical, socio-political and popular contemporary culture, to engage with notions of 'authentic' identity construction while ascertaining empowering forms of self-determination via her arts practice. Since completing her Master of Fine Arts at Monash University, Rich has exhibited projects in Melbourne, as well as interstate, and has been more recently working across Johannesburg and Cape Town. Recent shows include, Deny/Denial/Denied; Blak Dot Gallery, Melbourne (2017), One Colour at a Time: Contemporary Screen Prints; Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg (2017) , M/other Land as part of Next Wave Festival at Arts House, Melbourne (2018), Transmissions; Gallery MOMO Cape Town (2018) The Fairest Cape? An account of a Coloured; Bus Projects, Melbourne (2018), Firstdraft, Sydney (2019) and is an alumni of FCAC’s Emerging Cultural Leaders Program. Her recent residencies in South Africa were supported by NAVA’s Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists.