Christine Dixie (b. 1966) is an established artist and a lecturer at Rhodes University in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. She is regularly exhibited in that country, the US and Europe and is widely collected by museums and in public collections in South Africa and abroad, including the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington, DC.
Dixie is primarily a printmaker, but she also works in film and elaborate installations. Her work challenges the ways gender roles have been historically conditioned by society, myths, and image-making. The manifestation of the colonial history that haunts the town of Makhanda, the Eastern Cape city where she lives, has compelled her preoccupation with Europe’s legacy in Africa. Her practice and aesthetic rely on archival imagery and in-depth research.
Her solo exhibition, The Binding, at Gallery AOP in Johannesburg in 2010, was an installation of prints, sculptures and veils that examined the roles that sacrifice plays in the establishment of male identity. It was acquired by the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington DC. Dixie also participated in the Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor exhibition at the Smithsonian Museum of African Art 2013.
The 11 prints of her Thresholds series muse on the status of her geographical place in the world as a historical frontier for white settlement in the country in the 18th and 19th centuries.