I concern myself primarily with ‘making’ and ‘time’ as an investigation into social constructs and the role of images therein
Ayesha Price was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1975. She currently lives and works in District Six in Cape Town. Price is a visual arts practitioner who works conceptually across a wide variety of media, employing visual art as a device through which to mediate on social issues. Price graduated with a Diploma in Education: Practical Specialisation in Visual Arts, from the Hewat College of Education in association with the University of Cape Town in 1996. In 2008, Price began her undergraduate studies in Visual Arts through the University of South Africa and is a prospective Masters student in Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town in 2021.
Recent exhibitions include Archiving the Modesty of the Cape Malay Woman (2012) and Save the Princess (2013) have comprised large scale video installations, sculpture and embroidery. Price has also been actively engaged in a wide variety of collaborative art projects with local and international art and heritage institutions including Lavakunsthall Sweden (art educator), Philadelphia University of the Arts USA/SA (mural painting), Delville Wood Museum in France (artist) and the Thames Festival UK/SA (artist/art educator). She has exhibited artwork at numerous group exhibitions and produced commissions for local and international museums since 1998. Her work also features in several private collections.
Price has been actively involved in visual art education since 1997, serving as an art teacher, museum art officer, lecturer and principal of the Children’s Art Centre in Cape Town. She currently serves on the board of the Africa South Arts Initiative (ASAI). Recent projects include co-curating the Lionel Davis retrospective exhibition Gathering Strands at the Iziko South African National Gallery in partnership with the District Six Museum and the Peninsula Maternity Hospital Memory Project with the District Six Museum.
Full Artist Statement
“I seek to explore and challenge the idea of ‘art’ in its existing forms, conventions and practice, to find and share ways to visually communicate and engage with the art community as well as the uninitiated around issues of power. My intention is always to create a greater sensitivity, and a sense of empowerment and social accountability for local and global issues for those who encounter my work. I concern myself primarily with ‘making’ and ‘time’ as an investigation into social constructs and the role of images therein.”