TAXI-005: Lien Botha


Lien Botha is a Cape Town-based fine art photographer and installation artist, whose work has been widely exhibited and is to be found in major collections around South Africa.


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Lien Botha is an artists living in Cape Town and working in photo-based media. Her work can be found in major collections in South Africa. She completed her degree in Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 1998 and has since worked as a commercial photographer and artists, exhibiting in South Afric and abroad.

“The artist has always preferred enigma as her point of entry. Her photographs, never things in themselves, are shifted, touched, re-contextualised. Traces rather than signs are what interest her… Light and shade rather than bold colour, fickle memory rather than received history, movement rather than stillness. Gently unsettling, her art seeks out the depth in a thing and the shifting surfaces that cloud the perceived object.”

Ashraf Jamal, author of cultural essays, plays, short stories and novels, has woven an eloquent text around Botha’s oeuvre, drawing on post-modern theory and poetic feeling alike. He teaches at the School of Language, Culture and Communication at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg and lives in a village with his wife and two daughters.

For this book Lien Botha collaborated with poet Karen Press and struck up a fascinating dialogue of meaning and imagery, showing Press’ words flowing alongside the beautiful reproductions of Botha’s work.

TAXI is a series of titles on contemporary South African artists, initiated in 1999 by the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and published by David Krut Publishing. The series aims to extend the profile of South African artists both locally and abroad, and in collaboration with the MTN Art institute, to develop an active educational programme and teaching resource archive.


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Softcover, 96 pp, 27.6×22 cm