Artist and researcher Meghan Judge makes research driven and experimental animations, installations and sonic sculptures that draw from the physical world around her. She is interested in the merging of personal narratives, historic sites and the environment. Often, this is done by finding fragments related to the research that speak into the politics of meaning-making in the present, and then allowing them to shape an aesthetic. Her works range from collaborative cross-disciplinary experiments to solo performances that blur the line between the real and the imagined.
Notable collaborative and group exhibitions include Dreams, Rituals, Memories: Introducing the Global Expression of Mosaic Interactive a part of One Beat, performed at Big Ears Festival USA (2019), Broken Telephone screened at the Comoros Art Biennale (2018), Desert and Echo Box and Lost Lover (separately) part of William Kentridge’s The Center for the Less Good Idea, Johannesburg (2018), Illuminated at Porlwi Festival of Light, Mauritius (2017), South East Trade Wind part of Festival d'Art Urbain, Madagascar (2017), and Scapes, part of Migration Identity and Belonging, Mauritius (2017).
Her awards include being selected for the Porlwi Festival of Light (December 2018), artist in residence for the Pro Helvetia ANT mobility grant in Antananarivo (October – November 2018), artist in residence at pARTage in Mauritius (March – April 2018), artist in residence for the Festival d’Art Urbain in Madagascar (Anatnanarivo, Mahajanga, Antsiranana 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), Oppenheimer Memorial Trust scholarship recipient for studying MA digital Arts (completed with distinction) (2017 – 2018), Andrew Mellon Foundation Grant recipient for doctoral studies through the Oceanic Humanities project at WiSER, WITS University Johannesburg (2019, 2020, 2021).
Meghan is a founding member of the collaborative group made up of artists and organisers called Africa|Nosy Art Echange (ANAE). Through this project, artists from continental Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands are given a platform to move. Examples of the work that this group does includes the designing of experimental and knowledge sharing residencies and workshops, finding opportunities for artists to attend residencies and funding for them to participate in them, locating artists to participate in the annual Festival d’Art Urbain in Antananarivo and designing and implementing a virtual residency called Hetsika: Virtual Winds. Through ANAE she has received the Pro Helvetia ANT mobility grant (2018), William Kentridge’s Center for the Less Good Idea receiving artists grant (2018). ANAE in collaboration with Is'Art Galerie has also received the Pro Helvetia ANT mobility grant (2014/2015/2016/2017/2018/2019) and the Art Moves Africa mobility grant (2011) to organise around mobilising artists. Currently, she is a PhD Fellow at in the Oceanic Humanities for the Global South project at WiSER, Wits University.
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StritArty video, Alliance Francais Antsiranana
pARTage Catalogue, 2017
VANSA Winter School: The Everyday, Visual Arts Network of South Africa, 2015
Africa’s Art Establishment Strives for Self-Sufficiency, New York Times, 2013
VANSA’s 2010 Reasons to Live in a Small Town publication, Visual Art Network of South Africa, 2011
Cascoland Catalogue, Cascoland, 2010