Michelle Harris

In Urban Scénos Johannesburg

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Michelle Harris created a street perfomances around a character called Dr Hoer. The character developed in response to the highly gendered public environment (where prostitution and daily harassment of women are the norm) and traditional healer’s who operate in the area and advocate to ‘heal’ anything from impotence, AIDS to complicated court cases. Commenting on the male orientated language of such services, Dr Hoer advertised her profession in a way that aimed to provoke questions around the gender bias and sexualised behaviour. The performances caused much attention and stirred many heated conversations.  Harris worked with  assistant Raymond Marlowe on realising the performance. 




Michelle Harris

Afrique du Sud / South Africa

Artiste plasticien / visual artist

Michelle Harris is a visual artist, living and working in Johannesburg. Her areas of practice include public performances, sculptural installations, video and photography.She completed a degree in Fine Arts from Witwatersrand Technikon (now The University of Johannesburg) in 2005, and completed a teacher training course in Arts, Design and Culture at the same institution. // Michelle Harris est une plasticienne vivant et travaillant à Joburg. Elle trvaille la performance publique, l’installation, la vidéo et la photographie. Elle est diplomée de la Fine Arts from Witwatersrand Technikon (actuellement Université de Johannesburg) en 2005, et a suivie des études de pédagogie de l’art, du design et de la culture dans le même établissement.

She has recently completed a year long curatorial exchange project ‘Urban Concerns’ between The Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa and The Bildmuseet, Sweden, as well as co-ordinating the development of the Johannesburg Art Gallery Art Bus. // Elle a récemment achevé un projet de commissariat ‘Urban Concerns’ entre la Johannesburg Art Galerie et le Bildmuseet de Stockholm, coordonnant le développement de la Johannesburg Art Gallery Art Bus.

Michelle is participating in Public Art Survivor in addition to Urban Scenographies. // Michelle a participé au projet VANSA , Public Art Survivor