Robyn Nesbitt (b.1984) currently works and lives in Johannesburg. She completed her BAFA at the University Of The Witwatersrand in 2006 and recently obtained her MAFA from The University of Cape Town in 2010. Her interest lies in the observation of the everyday. In her work she focuses on her desire and need to draw out what is overlooked. In her videos she examines her social and psychological conditions. Her recent MFA body of work, ‘Not today, but tomorrow’, is derived from a personal tension, an unknown anxiety towards her family and domestic environment, which emerged when she acknowledged the possibility of her grandmother’s death. “My experience of this anticipated loss brought about a distress that figures in this body of work. At the start of the project, my aim was to locate this feeling of unease. I needed to witness, to make visible, the unfamiliar tension I had towards my family and domestic environment. I wanted to spotlight this unfamiliar change to ensure it would not go un-remarked. I had to witness, watch and attend to this change, making it visible to those around me, in my own urgent state of awakening”.
Nesbitt has exhibited locally and internationally with Nina Barnett under their collaborative collective Coexistent. Her recent group show include, Wish you where here Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Gallery, Texas (2010), Contemporary Artists from South African Galleri 3,14 Bergen, Norway (2010), Mixtape, Mobile Cinema National Arts Festival, Grahamstown (2010), Contemporary South Africa ISIS Arts DA International Digital Art Festival, Newcastle, UK (2010).