BRIDGET BAKER

WORK | BIOGRAPHY | ARTIST'S WEBSITE
1971 Born in East London, South Africa
Based in London and Cape Town
 
EDUCATION
 
1996-1997 Masters in Fine Art candidate at the University of Cape Town
1995 Honours in Fine Art at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
1990 – 1993 B.A in Fine Art at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
1989 Bridget matriculated from Clarendon Girls’ High School, East London, South Africa
   
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
   
2011 Wrecking at Private Siding 661, an installation at the Wapping Project, London, UK.
2009 Exhibition of recent works by Bridget Baker, Centro des Artes Contemporanea, Burgos, Spain.
2008 But we look so good in our uniforms, Diet Gallery, Miami, USA.
2007 Bridget Baker, Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2006 But being a sensible woman, she subdued her terrors and turned over and went to sleep again. Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
2001 Official BB Project University of Stellenbosch Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

2000 As if you’ve never seen it before. Artists Unlimited Gallery, Bielefeld, Germany.
1997 Bridget Baker BAFA(Stell.), BA. Hons.(FA)(Stell.), MFA (UCT) cand.The Hänel Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.
1996 The Shrill sound of a telephone at 3 a.m. The Planet Contemporary Art Site, Cape Town, South Africa.
   
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND FILM FESTIVALS
   
2011 International Competition of the 57th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany. Curated by Lars Henrik Gass and Hilke Doering.
Lens: fractions of contemporary photography and video in South Africa, Stellenbosch University Art Museum, South Africa. Including work by Andrew Putter, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Husain and Hasan Essop, Jo Ractliffe, Kathryn Smith, Pieter Hugo, Stephen Hobbs, Steven Cohen, and Zanele Muholi. Curated by Ulrich Wolff and Corlia Harmsen.
Glasgow Short Film Festival with the The Magic Lantern, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Mine, Iwalewa-House, Afrikazentrum der Universität Bayreuth, Germany.
A selection of films by South African artists including Dineo Seshee Bopape, Jacques Coetzer, Teboho Edkins, Simon Gush and Dorothee Kreutzfelt, William Kentridge, Donna Kukama, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Robin Rhode, Berni Searle, Lerato Shadi, Penny Siopis, Gregg Smith, and Johan Thom. Curated by AbrieFourie and Dr. Anna Schrade.
2010 Home Sweet Home, Homebase Project, Berlin, Germany. A screening of international video art including Maurice Bogaert, Félix Fernández & Andrés Senra, Katherine Rojas, Maxim & Romy Northover, Ane Lan, and David Theobald. Curated by Johnny Amore (GlogauAIR).
Visions in the Nunnery, The Nunnery Gallery, the Bow Arts Trust, London, UK. Screening of recent moving image work including Michael Mazière, Rosie Pedlow and Joe King, Reynold Reynolds, and Jeremy Evans. Curated by Cinzia Cremona and Tessa Garland.
Berwick Film and Media Festival, Berwick-upon-Tweed, UK. Curated by Professor Huw Davies.
Shifting Realities, Halle Zehn, CAP Cologne, Cologne, Germany. A photography- based show including the work of Seung Woo, Ute Bartel, Michael Baumgarten, Boris Becker, Martina Geccelli, Susa Templin, Won Seoung Won. Curated by Barbara Hofmann-Johnson.
Home Sweet Home, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin, Germany. A screening of international video art including David Blandy, Duro Toomato, Wayne Horse, Nina Lehtonen-Braun, Zefrey Throwell, Ane Lan. Curated by Johnny Amore (GlogauAIR).
South Africa 2010 - Video Screening, Gallery 3,14 Bergen, Norway.Curated by Mei Szetu and Sharon Bailey (ISIS Arts, UK and Maur Prosjekter, Gallery 3,14 and BEK Norway).
South Africa 2010 - Video Screening, ISIS ARTS, Newcastle on Tyne, UK. Curated by Mei Szetu and Sharon Bailey (ISIS Arts, UK and Maur Prosjekter, Gallery 3,14 and BEK Norway). US, The South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Bettina Malcomess and Simon Nijami.
Private Viewing – South African Video Art, D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig, Germany. Curated by Claudia Shneider and Michael Arzt.
2009 Dada South? Exploring Dada legacies in South African art 1960 to the present, The South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Roger van Wyk and Kathryn Smith.
US, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. Curated by Bettina Malcomess and Simon Nijami.

Intimate Distance, The South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Nadja Daehnke.
Sing into my Mouth, What if the World Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Julia Clark
2008 za. Giovane arte dal Sud Africa, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy.
Curated by Lorenzo Fusi, Kendell Geers, Marlene Dumas, Sue Williamson, Minette Vari and Berni Searle.
Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa, SANG Iziko Museum - South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Pam Warne.
2007 Uniform, The Spanierman Contemporary, New York, USA. Curated by Claire Breukel.
Zeitgenössische Fotokunst Aus Südafrika / Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa, Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany. Curated by Pam Warne.
Zeitgenössische Fotokunst Aus Südafrika / Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa, Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz, Germany. Curated by Pam Warne.
Zeitgenössische Fotokunst Aus Südafrika / Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa, Galerie der Stadt Sindelfingen, Germany. Curated by Pam Warne.
Zeitgenössische Fotokunst Aus Südafrika / Contemporary Art Photography from South Africa, Museum Bochum, Germany. Curated by Pam Warne.
2006 Women: Photography and New Media, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. Curated by Jeanine Howse and Amy Watson.
Tour, Galerie Hilger Contemporarie, Vienna, Austria. Curated by Claire Breukel.
But being a sensible woman, she subdued her terrors and turned over and went to sleep again. KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa.
Second to None, The South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Gabi Ngcobo and Virginia McKenny.
Nie Meer, De Warande, Turnhout, Belgium. Curated by Ives Maes and Steven Op de Beeck.
2005 Official BB Mittens Project, (performance), Artists Unlimited Gallery, Hochbunker, Bielefeld, Germany.
Official BB Project in absentia MMV (performance), Klein Karoo Kunstefees / Little Karoo Art Festival, Oudtshoorn, South Africa. Curated by Andrew Lamprecht.
GNO, Joao Ferreira Fine Art, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Tracy Gander.
2004 Contra Mundi, The Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Andrew Lamprecht.
Decade of Democracy, The National Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Emma Bedford.
2003 Official BB Mittens Project (performance), Gallery Puta, Greenpoint, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Andrew Lamprecht, Cameron Platter and Ed Young.
2002 Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa, The University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, Arizona, USA. Curated by Frank Herreman.
Buzzards (performance), Klein Karoo Kunstefees / Little Karoo Art Festival, Oudstoorn, South Africa.
2001 Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa, The Iris & B.Gerald Cantor Centre for Visual Arts at Stanford University, California, USA. Curated by Frank Herreman.
2000 Holland South Africa Line, The Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Andrea Rolfes and Arend-Jan Weysters.
Holland South Africa Line, Baggagehal, Loods 6,Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Curated by Andrea Rolfes and Arend-Jan Weysters.
Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa, The Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, USA. Curated by Frank Herreman.
Total Global, Contemporary Art Museum, Basel, Switzerland.
1999 Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa, The Museum for African Art, New York, USA. Curated by Frank Herreman.
Softserve, The National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Public Eye.
Oos Wes, Tuis Bes, Klein Karoo Kunstefees / Little Karoo Arts Festival, Oudsthoorn, South Africa. Curated by Mark Coetzee and Lize Hugo.
Channel, The Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Robert Weinek and Gregg Smith.
Unplugged IV, The Rembrandt Van Rijn Gallery, Newtown Precinct, Johannesburg, South Africa.
1998 Graft, 2nd Johannesburg Biennale The South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Colin Richards. (Trade Routes: History and Geography. Curated by Okwui Enwezor).
1997 Unplugged II, The Rembrandt Van Rijn Gallery, Newtown Precinct, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Lifetimes: Art from Southern Africa, Aktionsforum, Paterinsel, Munich, Germany. Curated by Ruth Sack.
1996 3x10, The Hänel Gallery, Shortmarket Street, Cape Town, South Africa. Curated by Robert Weinek.
   
SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
   
Branson Collection, London, UK
CAB, Centro de Artes Contemporanea de Burgos, Spain
Wendy Fisher Collection
Ketterer Collection, London, UK
Hans Porer Collection, Switzerland
Richard and Ruth Shack Collection, Miami, USA
Spanierman Collection, New York, USA
Artlogic, Johannesburg, South Africa
Billiton Board, Johannesburg, South Africa
Inhouse Brand, Cape Town, South Africa
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Rand Merchant Bank, Johannesburg, South Africa
Old Mutual, Cape Town, South Africa
South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Standard Bank of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa
Suburban Films, Johannesburg, South Africa
UNISA (University of South Africa), Pretoria, South Africa
Charles Bothner and Marianne Fassler Collection, South Africa
   
SELECTED CATALOGUES / PUBLICATIONS
   
South African Art Now, by Sue Williamson, Harper Collins. Bridget Baker, an exhibition catalogue published on the occasion of the solo show at CAB (Centro de Arte Contemporanea), Burgos, Spain. ZA Giovane Arte Dal Sudafrica, exhibition catalogue. Edited by Lorenzo Fusi, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena. Do South Africans Really Exist, an article by Kathryn Smith for Artists Profile,
2007. Zeitgenössische Fotokunst Aus Südafrika Alexander Tolnay (ed). 2007. Neuer Berliner Kunstverein und Edition Braus im Wachter Verlag GmbH, Heidelberg. Liste 2006,_ a review by Sidonio Costa in Arte Aldia (International Magazine of Contemporary Latin American Art), issue 115, 2006. Wish You Were Here an article written by Ernst Beck, edited by Luna Shyr, Art & Auction June
2006, volume XXIX no.10. Art South Africa Vol4.4, June
2006. Edited by Sean O’Toole. But being a sensible woman, she subdued her terrors and turned over and went to sleep again. an exhibition catalogue Text by Kathryn Smith. Very Real Time, edited by Gregg Smith and Sara De Bondt. 10 years 100 artists: art in a democratic South Africa, edited by Sophie Perryer. KKNK
2002, edited by Clive van den Berg, Kathryn Smith and Lucia Burger. The Weave of Memory: Siemon Allen’s ‘Screen’ in Postapartheid South Africa, an article written by Andrés Mario Zervigón for Art Journal – Spring
2001. The Newest Avant-Garde, an article written by Barbara Pollack for ARTnews, April
2001. Liberated Voices: Contemporary Art from South Africa, edited by Frank Herreman, assisted by Mark D’Amato. The District Six Public Sculpture Project edited by Crain Soudien and Renate Meyer. Trade Routes: History and Geography by Okwui Enwezor. Art in South Africa: Future Present by Sue Williamson and Ashraf Jamal
 
AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
 
2011 South African National Arts Council Funding for Cosy Nook, a 16mm film project to be realized in South Africa.
1999 Department of Trade and Industry grant.
1996-7 Irma Stern Scholarship from University of Cape Town. Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) bursary.
1995 Maggie Laubser Bursary from Stellenbosch University.Research bursary from Human Sciences Research Council(HSRC).