Georgia Munnik. Photo: Øivind Arvola

Georgia Munnik. Photo: Øivind Arvola

Georgia Munnik, the South African artist and writer, currently based in Tromsø, Norway, will present an outdoor art work especially commisioned for AMIFF 2016, supported by the Norwegian Arts Council. The art work is part of a larger curatorial project led by curator Hanne Hammer Stien, and includes a retrospective film programme by Knut Åsdam, and a panel discussion. The curatorial project focus on urban life in the Arctic, asking questions around how architecture in the Arctic relates to language and power.


Georgia Munnik is a South African artist and writer, currently based in Tromsø, Norway. Munnik grew up in Johannesburg, where she obtained an Honour’s Degree in Fine Art from Wits School of Arts, in 2012, she has recently completed a Master’s Degree in Contemporary Art at Tromsø Art Academy, in 2015. Munnik’s work operates to show the insidious ways in which ideology is performed through the practices of “legitimate” languages. Her work is informed by the ways in which “non-formal” access to such languages can often determine the naming of a subject, by other speakers, as 'one who does not speak the right language' or, 'one who does not speak the language right’. Munnik’s practice is subsequently dedicated to simulating the impossible performance of language outside of ideology.   

Munnik’s past projects include “Do it Like This!”, a collaboration with artist Mbali Khoza, concerned with the archaic, South African lingua franca, Fanakalo and Unlearning, a month-long residency at Goethe Institut, with Francis Burger and Pamella Dlungwana Johannesburg. She has been featured in exhibitions at Goethe Institut, Johannesburg (SA), Kurant Visningsrom (Tromsø), Tegnerforbundet (Oslo), and Tromsø Kunstforening. Munnik is also a founding member of the intersectional feminist artist collective IMA READ, who recently completed a residency at the Baltic Art Centre in Visby, Gotland. In November, Munnik will participate in the Kven Connection artist residency in Vardsø, Norway.

Helene Hokland