On location – Alexandra Ferreira and Bettina Wind, artists in residence

  • Posted: Oct 15, 2012


On location – Alexandra Ferreira and Bettina Wind, artists in residence

Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe

October 2012

The Annex Residency Programme, a new initiative working in partnership with Iziko Museums of South Africa’s Education & Public Programmes and Art Collections departments, as well as the Goethe Institut, South Africa, is pleased to welcome artists in residence Bettina Wind and Alexandra Ferreira. The artist duo who go by the name of windferreira, will conduct an artistic research project which starts with some historical South African film work and photography. During the month of October 2012, windferreira will develop their project, exchanging with researchers and practitioners based in Cape Town. A final presentation of their work will be made in early November 2012.

The Annex Residency Programme is focused on forming unlikely connections between places, practices and people through artistic practice. It invites young artists from both international and South African locales to Cape Town for a period of six weeks. During this time, residents may conduct a situated project together with the programme’s curator, Clare Butcher, and a growing community of collaborators in the city.Announcements of the artists’ public presentations and updates of their progress can be found on the Annex Residency Programme website: http:// annexresidency.tumblr.com


About the artists

Over the past six years, Alexandra Ferreira and Bettina Wind have been engaged in an art practice that uses multiple mediums – installation, video, text and drawings – to create multi-layered compositions of heterogeneous materials and storylines.

Inspired by a particular site, found objects, archival materials, or current events, the artistic duo develops research-based works that examine the aesthetic, political and economic dimensions of a specific situation from a translocal and multidisciplinary point of view.

Whether attributing political agency to a small cactus from the US-Mexican border zone, or temporarily burying a cheque in the “Snow White Coffin” of a White Cube exhibition, windferreira’s artistic practice is full of (self-)critical irony acting under the cover of a rather cautious and formal mode of presentation.

Although in their broad range of works the artists reach out to other fields such as architecture, urbanism, film history, economy or biology, each project hinges on questions pertaining to (art) production: What are the techniques and politics of display that underlie the presentation of material? What roles do documentation and fiction play in the making of a narrative? How can art practitioners develop strong gestures within working structures that often seem obscure and precarious?


Windferreira's collaboration brings together educational backgrounds in sculpture, visual arts, dramaturgy and literature and the experience of having studied and worked in various European cities such as Lisbon, Munich, Brussels, Barcelona, Helsinki, Paris, and their home-base, Berlin. The artists' work has been exhibited at international venues including the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven (NL), the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (FR), Künstlerhaus Mousonturm in Frankfurt (DE), Dallas Contemporary in Dallas (USA), Galeria Quadrum in Lisbon (PT), and at the First Play New Media Festival in Berlin (DE). The projects have been supported by the Goethe Institut and the French Ministry of Culture, among others.





Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and 3 collection specific libraries in Cape Town.  The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections which reflect our diverse African heritage.  Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation which brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure.  The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, as well as unlimited free access to individuals aged 18 and under (excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).


Goethe Institut, South Africa:

Windferreira’s residency is being generously supported by the Goethe-Institut, South Africa.



Contact and further information:

More information about the Annex Residency Programme and windferreira’s research process can be found on http://annexresidency.tumblr.com.

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[Iziko Museums]



[Goethe Institut, South Africa]


[The Annex Residency Programme]


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