Carla Crafford

CURRICULUM VITTAE

Carla Crafford is a practising artist, working mostly with photography as medium. She has been guest lecturer in Photograhy at the University of Pretoria (Visual Arts and Information Design) since 1997.

Crafford’s photography of other artists’ work – and occasional collaboration with other artists, is an ongoing passion that has resulted in the production of books on the subject.

She has had five solo exhibitions, has taken part in numerous group exhibitions, locally and in Europe, and has works published in a variety of local and international magazines, catalogues and books. She has produced six books. Her photographs, books and paintings are represented in the collection of the University of Pretoria, and in various private collections in South Africa, France and the United States.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
1. September 1996 – ”Sites And Structures”, an exhibition of photographs and oil paintings, Ivy Villa Studio Pretoria.
2. June 2000 – “VIP”, an installation of portraits at the Old Arts Gallery, University of Pretoria
3. 2007 Momentarily Endless, a retrospective of photographic work, Fried Contemporary Gallery, Pretoria.
4. July 2009, Sticks and Stones (Dodge/Burn) Gordart Gallery, Johannesburg. Sculpted work in bronze and wood, as well as photography.
5. DECEMBER 2009, Open Studio, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (selected):
1. Artists Co-op, Midrand, 1993
2. ICA Pre-Biennale, Johannesburg 1994
3. Centurion Gallery, June 1995
4. SA National Gallery, Cape Town, September 1995 – This exhibition known as the Weekly Mail and Guardian’s People’s Portraits, toured various galleries throughout South Africa for a period of two years.
5. Pro Arte Alphen Park, October 1995
6. ‘Groundswell’, Mermaid Theatre Gallery, London, July 1996
7. Women’s Institute, Barcelona, June 1998
8. Miniatures, The Art House, Pretoria, Nov.1999
9. Pretoria Arts Association, July 2000
10. The Art House, Pretoria, February 2001
11. Lecturers’ Exhibition, University of Pretoria, March 2001
12. Rector’s dinner exhibition, University of Pretoria, 2002
13. Tina Skukan Gallery, 2002
14. ‘Lost and Found 2’, ArtB, Belville, Cape, 2003
15. ‘Lost and Found 3’, Merely Mortal Gallery, Johannesburg, 2003
16. ‘No Agenda’, gordart @ Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg, 2004
17. ‘For The Record’, gordart Gallery 2005
18. UP Rector’s exhibition, October 2005.
19. With Guy du Toit, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria 2006.
20. Celebrating Rembrandt, SA Arts Association Pretoria, April 2006
21. With Guy du Toit, Innibos, Nelspruit June 06
22. UP Rector’s Annual Exhibition, University of Pretoria, October 06.
23. With Guy du Toit, ABSA Towers, November 2006
24. Karoo Art House, February 2007
25. With Guy du Toit and Johann du Plessis, Grande Provence, Franschhoek, May 2007.
26. Karoo Art House, July 2007, Pretoria
27. Arts Alive, WHIPS, Pretoria July 2007.
28. Cultivaria, Paarl September 2007
29. Bell Roberts, Lourensford, Cape October 2007
30. Blue Hill, Johannesburg, December 2008
31. Artspace, Johannesburg, March 2008
32. i-Art Gallery, ‘MUSE’, Oudshoorn, Cape, April 2008
33. UP Centenary, University of Pretoria, May 2008
34. Life Through the lens, Pretoria Arts Association, August 2008
35. Artists for One Month of Love, Paris Arts Association, France, December 2008
36. Off the Wall, Lourensford, Western Cape, March 2009
37. SA ARTS ASSOCIATION, Reflect Refuel, March 2009
38. i-Art Gallery, POSTER, Cape Town, 2009
39. Fried Contemporary, Collateral, March 2010
40. UP Arts, Van Wouw-huis, July 2010
41. IS Art, Franschhoek, October 2010
42. UP Staff Exhibition, FRIED Contemporary, November 2010
43. Design Indaba, Cape Town, March 2011
44. History Exhibition, FRIED Contemporary, 2011
45. World Art Day, Pretoria Association of Arts, 2012
46. George Bizos Exhibition, University of Johannesburg 2012
47. Figuration and Negation, FRIED Contemporary, 2013
48. Woodworsk, IS Art, Franschhoek, 2013
49. Innibos, Nelspruit, 2013
50. Metro Musings, University of Pretoria, 2013
51. Autumn Art Fair, FRIED contemporary 2013
52. Paris-South Africa Seasons, Orangerie, Paris France 2013
53. Members’ Exhibition, Pretoria Arts Association, February 2014
54. Five Photographers, Fried Contemporary, August 2014
55. 25° 46′ 5″ S, 28° 13′ 26″ E, Pretoria Arts Association, August 2014
56. Visual Encounters, University of Pretoria, August 2014
57. Woodworks, IS Gallery, Franschhoek 2013
58. Members, Pretoria Arts Association 2015
59. Between the Lines, IS Gallery, Franschhoek 2015
60. Pretoria Present, Fried 2015
61. UP STAFF 2015
62. FIRED LECTURERS 2016
63. Five photographers, Fried 2014
64. Tempo, University of Pretoria 2016
65. Found Collective, FIX Pretoria 2016
66. Handmade artists’ boos, Stuart Trent, Pretoria 2016
67. Venice Architecture Biennale, Italy, 2016
68. Tacit, Potchefstroom 2016
69. SAADJIES intervention, Venice, Amsterdam and Graulhet 2016
70. SAADJIES, Pretoria 2016
71. SAADJIES, Richmond 2016
72. Discovering the Object, Trent Gallery, Pretoria 2017

CURATORSHIP:
1. September 2007, ‘Visual Dialogue’, with Guy du Toit, Paarl
2. Life Through the Lens, August 2007, Arts Association Pretoria.
3. Visual Dialogue, at University of Pretoria Centenary Exhibition, May 2008.
4. An Exhibition Inspired by Poster Theft, i-Art Gallery, Cape Town, October 2009
5. 25° 46′ 5″ S, 28° 13′ 26″ E An installation by Guy du Toit & Carla Crafford, Pretoria Arts Associatioin, August 2014

BOOKS PRODUCED:
1. 2007 – Momentarily Endless, body of photographic work.
2. 2009 – POSTER: A book inspired by poster theft
3. 2013 – Floor of the Land – Southern African landscape photography
4. 2014 – Encounters: TTL – photographing artwork.
5. 2015 – Shooting Range
6. 2016 – Discovering the Object

OTHER WORK PUBLISHED:
1. 1986 – Black and white photographs for the Lund’s Konsthalle (Sweden) retrospective exhibition of artist Curt Fors.
2. 1990 – Colour photographs in World Architecture (London) in support of articles on Afro-centricity and the term ‘Afropean’, in which the Crafford residence was discussed as an example.
3. 1993 – present: Numerous photographs in various local and international publications.

Barbara Carla Crafford, known as Carla Crafford
Born 15th September 1955, Kroonstad, South Africa
Married to Abré Crafford
1973
Matriculated from High School for Art, Music and Ballet , with distinction in French.
1975
B.Architecture, University of Pretoria
1976 – 1978
Studied BA Fine Arts, University of Cape Town
1981 – 1987
Worked at SATOUR, Paris France
1987 to present:
Lives and works in Pretoria, South Africa
1997 to present:
Guest lecturer in photography, Department of Visual Arts, University of Pretoria.

Contact details: email carla@crafford.co.za
Phone: 082 417 4500
Address: 6, Lundi Place, Faerie Glen 0043, Pretotria South Africa

Artworks in the SAFFCA Collection