Naomi van Niekerk

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Naomi van Niekerk

Born on the 20th of August 1984, Naomi van Niekerk is a contemporary artist with a background in theater studies (at “Wits” University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg), visual arts and puppeteering (at the National Superior School of Puppetry Arts/ “École Nationale Supérièure des Arts de la Marionnette”, France). She enjoys combining these techniques of storytelling in live performance and often collaborates with musicians and dancers to create eclectic theatre pieces and installations, that include her interest in shadow puppetry, drawing and bringing inanimate objects to life. While continuing to tour with different multi-media performance pieces, she is also making animation films, focusing on stop-motion animation and sand animation, in particular. Between 2015 and 2017, she directed and independently produced three animated short films, that were extensively shown at many international film festivals: “‘n Gewone blou Maandagoggend” (“An ordinary blue Monday”), “By alle skone dinge” (“To all things beautiful”), and, most recently, “My mamma is bossies” (“My mum’s bonkers”). She won the “Jean-Luc Xiberras” Award, for the “Best First Film” at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, in 2016, for her short film “An ordinary blue Monday”.