“The primary narrative has symbolic authority and aesthetic promise, although the mysterious secondary narrative exists in order to provoke thought in the viewer.”
Christiaan Diedericks is a contemporary South African artist. His layered works confront notions of reality, ideology and identity, whilst concealing a deeper meaning or a ‘second narrative’, which viewers must define for themselves. Diedericks has exhibited throughout Southern Africa, as well as internationally. His work has been exhibited in the USA, Japan, Finland, Spain, Germany, Turkey, Poland, Belgium, England and Sweden. He has also exhibited in France where he worked as artist in residence, at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris.
Diedericks has also worked in New York after receiving the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship, where his work was exhibited in the New York Blade newspaper (2007). He has been awarded artist residencies at the Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium; The Halka Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey; and The Venice Print Studio for large format printmaking, Italy. The Chhaap Foundation in India awarded Diedericks with an AIR in 2013.