July 2017

Hannelie Coetzee’s practice questions the purpose of art as mere commentary on societal ills, she prefers using art to participate in life, solve problems, connect people and ignite dialogues. The artist actively creates partnerships, working responsively to enhance insight into eco-systems. Rather than merely reflect on the Anthropocene, Coetzee’s projects, installations, art objects and partnerships attempt to actively create changes within communities and eco-systems.

She uses natural materials, unlikely partnerships and industry waste to build site specific ecological interventions.  Her artworks are sometimes permanent, but often ephemeral. Research into the material and the purpose of extracting the material is fundamental to her process. Her work in sculpture and photography centers on the use of these art forms to emotionally engage partners and participants, audiences, and the broader public where she sources the materials, with place, and to draw audiences to nature and see nature in a new empathetic realm. Hannelie’s work specifically aims to integrate ecology and art to inspire responsiveness for and engagement with nature.

Hannelie Coetzee (b1971) is a Johannesburg-based contemporary African artist. Her practice attracts existing and new audiences that appreciates art whilst contributing to environmental awareness.  She studied Social Entrepreneurship at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) on A Rand Merchant Bank Grant in 2013. Hannelie applies resilient social-ecological systems change to all projects and assignments. She has worked as a social documentary photographer until she started her dual career, emerging from behind the lens in Ecological Public Art projects from 2010 onwards.

2017 CV with list of exhibitions