A graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, Lien Botha is an artist that experiments extensively with the photographic medium beyond its documentary frame. Refusing and evading photography’s traditional tie to the empirical relation of truth, Botha creates enigmatic images that play on the ways in which we experience and construct reality and place. Permeated with a captivating, often confounding stillness and quiet, her images encourage an ongoing and open-ended viewing guided by intuition rather than direct interpretation.
The artist’s photographic practice, spanning 25 years, has included 10 solo exhibitions as well as participation in significant group exhibitions hosted by prestigious museums and institutions in cities across the globe including New York, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, Bamako, Algiers, Johannesburg, and Cape Town. Botha is also active as a lecturer, curator and novelist.