Name Nina Barnett
Personal Info Born in Johannesburg, South Africa
Currently living in Chicago


2012 Master of Fine Arts degree at University of Illinois at Chicago
2006 Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, with distinction.

Selected Exhibitions

2012 The Dragon is the Frame, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
2012 "I Accidentally Turned Off the Sun": 2012 UIC Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 400, Chicago, IL
2011 “Where are we exactly - are we near the island? The island- is that what you call it?" Nina Barnett and Robyn Nesbitt at Outlet Project Room, Johannesburg
2011 Camera Obscura - Nina Barnett, Stephen Eichhorn & Takeshi Moro at Point Bridge, Chicago.
2011 Bronx Calling: Bronx AIM Biennial at Bronx Museum of Art, New York .
2011 Afropolis at Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, Cologne, Germany.
2010 SA2010 at Galerie 3,14, Bergen, Norway ISIS Arts, Newcastle, UK.
2009 Alliance Francaise South Africa (travelling solo exhibition).
2009 Double Body, Fada Gallery, Johannesburg.
2008 Near Sighted, Far Out at Harvestworks, New York.
2008 The New Spell at David Krut Fine Arts, New York.
2007 Spier Contemporary 2007, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
2007 Armed Response Exhibition at the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg
2007 Absa Le'Atelier exhibition at the Absa gallery in Johannesburg
2006 Kazoo - Play, Action, Intervention in Public and Private Space - Premises Gallery, Johannesburg
2006 Sasol New Signatures exhibition - Pretoria Art Museum.
2006 HIV: I Love You Positive Or Negative group show - Alliance Francaise Johannesburg
2006 Real Presence06 - Belgrade, Serbia


2011 Edlis-Neeson Award from School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago
2009 AIM - Artists in the Marketplace, Bronx Museum of Art, New York
2007 Spier Contemporary Award in Cape Town, South Africa
2007 Gerard Sekoto Award in the Absa L'Atelier Awards
Merit Award in the Absa L'Atelier Awards
2006 Giovanna Milner Scholarship for distinguished work in practical Fine Art and History of Art from Witwatersrand University
2005 Martienssen Prize from Witwatersrand University


2012 Harold Arts Residency - Chesterhill, Ohio
2012 ACRE Residency - Stueben, Wisconsin
2011 Sober and Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art Residency - Johannesburg South Africa
2009 AIM (Artist in the Marketplace) artist for 2009 – Bronx Museum of Art, New York
2008 Cité Internationale des Arts - Paris, France
2006 Real Presence 06 - Belgrade, Serbia

Noted Publications

IN/FLUX: Mediatrips from the African World - Collection of African Video Art, curated by SPARCK and Lowave (South Africa/France)
Bronx Calling: Catalogue from the first AIM Biennial 2011