Born in 1993 in Nelspruit South Africa, Megan-Leigh Heilig grew up in Johannesburg, graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor in Fine Art (BFA) in 2015. In 2017 she completed her Masters in Fine Art (MFA) at the University of Cape Town. She is currently pursuing advanced practice-based research at the Higher Institute of Fine Art (HISK) in Gent, Belgium. Megan has exhibited in the Seven Hills 2nd Kampala Biennale: Virtual Mobilities 2016, curated by Elise Atangana, with a focus on selected video. In 2017; and was selected for KraftaDoc Film Festival in Glasgow. She was also selected to participate in the International Video Art House Madrid (IVAHM), curated by Nestor Prieto. In 2017 she participated in the Digital Africa project between YaPhoto and Open Source curated by Christine Eyene; a series of video art screening in London, Tokyo, and Yaounde. As well as a group exhibition titled Somewhere In Between at BOZAR in Brussels and the Antwerp Queer Arts Festival in 2018. In October 2019 she will be exhibiting in the 21st Biennial Contemporary Art Sesc_Videobrasil | Imagined Communities


“Megan-Leigh Heilig’s work is confrontational, antagonistic and provocative, but also always personal. It is concerned with political and social realities, which are processed through her own private prism and experience. In this sense, Heilig’s work is both vocal and intimate. Heilig introduces political references in a particular, almost idiosyncratic way. She fictionalizes them, taking them out of their original context and opening them up to a new horizon, where they are given additional layers of meaning, while still echoing their previous context. Consequently, Heilig is able to produce simultaneous, even ambiguous statements in a single work. She blurs the border between the public and the private, the implicit and the explicit, the spontaneous and the calculated. While insinuating that everything is political, Heilig also suggests that everything is personal, offering us a highly critical position that cannot be harnessed to the realms of activist art, one which insists on emotional modes of expression.” 

-text by Ory Dessau

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