Johan Thom (b. 1976) lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. He uses video, installation and performance to explore the close link between human beings, their socio-political and economic environment and spirituality. His works are often confrontational and darkly humorous - terrorizing our sense of space, order and stability.
Thom has shown and participated in numerous group exhibitions and art-projects at venues such as the Palazzo delle Papesse (2008); First Canary Island Biennale (2006); Belgrade International Theatre Festival (2006); the Britto Arts Trust in Bangladesh (2006), the Rotterdam Film Festival (2006), the Venice Biennale (2003 & 2005), the CRIC/Pro Helvetia residency program in Switzerland (2004/5); the Ampersand Fellowship in New York (2005); the International Computer Arts Festival in Slovenia (2004) and various other national arts festivals and group exhibitions in South Africa. He has had numerous solo shows including the Minotaur Series 12 at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (with Christophe Fellay, 2006), The Diary Of New York through Map South Africa (2006) and the Exorcism series at the National Cultural History Museum (2003), South Africa.
Thom holds a BA Fine Arts degree (1999) from the University of Pretoria and a Masters Degree from the Tshwane University of Technology (2003, Cum Laude). Currently he works as a full time artist at the Fordsburg Artist Studios, Johannesburg.
Exhibitions at the KZNSA
Twilight (of the Idols) & Bind/Ontbind (series 1)