Katrine Claassens is an artist, writer and environmental communications specialist. She has a Master's degree in Climate Change from the University of Cape Town (2015) and an Honour's degree in Visual Art from Stellenbosch University (2007).
Her work reflect her interests in climate change, deep ecology, urban ecology, and internet memes. As well as practicing as a painter, Katrine has worked as climate change communicator at the African Climate & Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town and environmental organisations in Canada. She has led workshops, given public lectures and curated exhibitions all over the world from the Arctic to Antarctica. She is a writer and illustrator for The Nature of Cities. She currently lives and works in Montreal.
2020: Love Letters to the Muted World, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town
2017: we came at a time, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town.
2016: welcome to the internet i will be your guide, 99 Loop Gallery, Cape Town.
2013: Between The Blue Swimming Pools, Association of Visual Arts, Cape Town.
2011: The Jacaranda Girls and Other Stories, Salon91, Cape Town.
2009: The Birds/ Les Oiseaux, Cheap as Candy, Syndrome, Montreal.
SELECT TALKS & PRESENTATIONS
2022: The Elephants and The Fireworks, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Online
2020: Love Letters to the Muted World, The Nature of Cities and 99 Loop, Online
2018: Extinction & Climate Change, talk & workshop, Redpath Museum, McGill University, Canada.
2017: Climate Science & Representation in Antarctica, various national radio stations, South Africa.
2017: Art, Empathy and Climate Science, Cape Agulhas II, Antarctica.
2017: Painting the Edges: Suburbs and Nature, The Nature of Cities Conference, Portland, USA.
2016: Communicating Climate Change, South African Network for Coastal and Oceanic Research.
2015: Attended and reported on Conference of the Parties (COP21), Paris.
2015: Using the Polar Regions to Communicate Climate Change, Conference of the Youth (COY11), Paris
2015: The Wisdom of Using the Arctic to Communicate Climate Change, Arctic Frontiers, Norway.
2015: Presentation and poster: Climate Change & Development, ACDI Student Conference, Cape Town.
2015: Workshop: Arctic Frontiers PhD/student workshop Tromso, Norway.
SELECT GROUP SHOWS
2019: Regarding Winter, Salon91, Cape Town
2019: Trees Make Forests, Salon91, Cape Town
2018: Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg.
2018: Adaptation Futures, Cape Town International Convention Centre
2017: Winter Show, DF Contemporary, Cape Town
2017: Thoughtful Planet, The Thought Foundation, Gatehead, UK
2017: Art Africa Fair, DF Contemporary, Cape Town
2017: Mooi, The Boutique Gallery, Franschoek
2016: Oracle, Salon91, Cape Town
2016: Origin and Lineage, DF Contemporary, Cape Town.
2016: Reverie, AGOG Gallery, Johannesburg.
2016: Artemisia, DF Contemporary, Cape Town.
2016: Untitled 2.99 Group Exhibition, 99 Loop, Cape Town.
2016: Imago Mundi, Pratt Institute, New York.
2016: Travel, 10&5. That Art Fair, Cape Town and Johannesburg.
September 2016: Group Show, Reverie, AGOG Gallery, (Johannesburg).
2015: Small Canvas Project at Querini Stampalia Foundation, Venice.
2015: Chandler House, Cape Town.
2015: Spring Show at Artvark, Cape Town.
2015: The Persistence of Memory, Untitled Studios, Cape Town.
2015: Group Show, 99 Loop, Cape Town.
2015: The Grand II, Rust-en-Vrede, Cape Town.
2015: Golden Haze, Salon91, Cape Town.
2014: Fresh Produce, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg.
2014: The Grand, Rus-en-Vrede, Belleville.
2014: Five Wolves No Pigs, Montreal, Canada.
2014: Visual Manifesto, Rus-en-Vrede, Belleville.
2013: Muse, Casa Labia Gallery, Cape Town.
2013: Summer Salon, Commune1, Cape Town.
2013: Fissure, Commune1, Cape Town.
2013: In Good Company, Irma Stern Museum Gallery, Cape Town.
2013: Home is Wherever You Are, Salon91, Cape Town.
2012: I’d Rather Be Swimming, Salon91, Cape Town (in aid of IAMWATER).
2012: Die Landskap van Vrouwees, Grevilleas Gallery, Breytenbach Sentrum, Wellington.
2012: Shoes From Chinese Ships, Salon91, Cape Town (also conceived and curatored the show).
2012: Woord en Beeld, Grevilleas Gallery, Breytenbach Sentrum, Wellington.
2011: If You Let Yourself Love a Wild Thing, Salon91, Cape Town (in aid of Greenpop)
2010: Spookasem, Salon 91, Cape Town.
2008: Sasol New Signatures Exhibition, Pretoria Arts Museum, Pretoria.
2008: ABSA Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg.
2008: Faces and Places exhibition at Off the Wall gallery, Paarl.
2008: Postcard Show II exhibition at Off the Wall gallery, Paarl.
2007: Greatest Hits, AVA Gallery, Cape Town.
2007: FIN: Graduate Exhibition, University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch.
2007: Timo Smuts Art Prize, University of Stellenbosch Gallery, Stellenbosch.
Africana Special Section at Stellenbosch University’s JS Gericke Library, Stellenbosch.
Raymond Danowski Poetry Library, Atlanta, U.S.A.
Spier Collection, Stellenbosch