Shana de Villiers is a South African writer, textile & performance artist
based in The Hague, the Netherlands.

They have a BA in Fine Art from the Royal Academy of Art The Hague
and have previously collaborated with Maastricht Univeristy.
Their work has found a home on bodies and in publications,
stages, galleries, churches & clubs.


READINGS/PERFORMANCES

2024 Live Performance at Parish Queer Night, PIP, Den Haag, NL

2023 DAI (Dutch Art Institute) Party Party Fundraiser, (reading-performance of Theory does not Save you), Pavilion aan het Water, Rotterdam, NL

2023 Bad Penny Zines/Languages Love (pre-recorded reading of the Unknown Letters), Central Library Spui, Den Haag, NL

2023 Little Big Dollhouse; Yard Sale (reading of the Unknown Letters), Sexyland, Amsterdam, NL

2022 Master Artistic Research Graduation (Performing for Noor Johanna Remmen), Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL


2021 Performing as ‘Gatekeeper’ for EPISODE 7 Un soffio pestifero nel cielo nero della notte, una candela brucia by Essenza Club & Dharma Intiatives at "Celestial Vault" by James Turrell, The Hague, NL

PUBLICATIONS
2024 ‘The Case for Velvet Rock’ in Mnemotope 003 by Bog Bodies Press, Brussels, BE

2023 Bachelor Thesis. Splitting Mammalian Weeds: Monster for a Memory, The Hague, NL

2023 Publication of Impossible Stories Symposium: linking colonial collections and climate change through critical fabulation, Het Nieuwe Instituut and Maastricht University, NL

2021 Publication of archive/text in the Studium Generale Wxtch Craft Zine, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL

SYMPOSIUMS
2022 Impossible Stories Symposium: linking colonial collections and climate change through critical fabulation, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, NL

2022 Artistic Research Symposium: Body as Proxy, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2023 In Medias Res Group Exhibition, Omstand, Arnhem, NL

2023 Royal Academy of Art The Hague Graduation Show, The Hague, NL

2023 Three Birds, No Stone Pre-graduation Exhibition, Verheeskade 321, The Hague, NL

2022 To Give a Dog a Name, Billy Town, The Hague, NL

2021 The Tiny Art Gallery, The Hague, NL

2021 Far Closer, Page Not Found, The Hague, NL

2020 Essentials Shop, No Man's Art Gallery, Amsterdam, NL


SELF-INITIATED PROJECTS
2022 An Evening with the Shadow (Performative Dinner) Organised by Shana de Villiers, Gabriel Kolesar, Silke Riis, Barth Kapel, The Hague, NL

2020 Live Fantasy Fundraiser Drawing Event led by Shana de Villiers: A fundraiser project for tuition fees, The Hague, NL

GRANTS/FUNDING 
2023, MC de Visser Fonds (for Graduation Project)

2022, Tesselschade Stichting (Scholarship)

2022, Stichting Schuurman Schimmel Van Outeren (Scholarship)

WORK EXPERIENCE/ INTERNSHIP
2024-present Editor & Treasurer at Simulacrum Magazine, Amsterdam, NL

2020-present Working volunteer at Page Not Found, The Hague, NL

2020-2022 Working volunteer at 1646, The Hague, NL

2020 Internship with Afra Eisma, 1646, The Hague, NL