Tracey Rose was born in 1974 in Durban, South Africa and currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa. She received her B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in 1996. She has taught at Vaal Triangle Technikon, Vanderbijl Park, South Africa and also at University of the Witwatersrand.
Rose’s performance, video and installation work has been exhibited extensively in South Africa, including the 2nd Johannesburg Biennial (1997). Her work has been seen at the Biltmuseet, Umeå, Sweden (1998); Fondiazione Sandretto per l’arte, Turino, Italy (1998); The Center for Art and Media Technology (ZKM), Karlsruhe, Germany (1999); The University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa (1997); and The New Museum for Contemporary Art, New York, NY (1999). This is her first one-person exhibition in the U.S.
Often based in performance, Rose’s work considers—and forces the viewer to reconsider—the formation of identity and the subject of racial politics. Rose inserts personal narrative into institutional frameworks, exemplified by her well-received project for the 1997 Johannesburg Biennial when she hired a paroled prisoner to carve stories into the walls of the South African National Gallery.
Tracey Rose was chosen for her ArtPace residency by the March 1998 panel consisting of Dan Cameron, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, Amada Cruz, Kellie Jones, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Nancy Rubins.