Artist working in River Studios

About Roberta

Born Geelong, Australia 1988, and currently based in Melbourne, Roberta Joy Rich is an emerging artist, engaging with notions of ‘authentic’ identity construction within social, historical and contemporary cultural contexts. Often employing Afrikaans language and referencing her own experiences as a diasporic South African whose family were classified as "Coloured”, Rich responds to constructions of ‘race’ identity with satire and humour in her video, performance, installation and multidisciplinary projects.

Her work attempts to deconstruct language that surrounds identity, while destabilising stereotypes of "POC" identities. Rich studied a Bachelor of Fine Arts (2009) with First Class Honours (2010), and completed her Master of Fine Arts with an APA scholarship at Monash University (2013). During her MFA she completed a four-month research residency in Cape Town, South Africa. Her work has been exhibited at KINGS ARI, Seventh, Trocadero Art Space, No Vacancy (Federation Square), Techno Park Studios, the National Wool Museum, The Substation, Linden New Art and FELTspace. Roberta is currently completing a residency in Johannesburg, South Africa at Assemblage, under the mentorship of South African artist Thenjiwe Nkosi.

How do you use your space?

My studio serves as a space to make new work and conduct research for new projects as well as reflect on previous works. I use the space to conceptualise installations, mixed media works, drawing, video, photography, as well as invite artists to collaborate or facilitate their own practices.