River Blindness (Short Story by Stacy Hardy)

Stacy Hardy’s River Blindness is the result of a Hearing Landscape Critically commission for a creative response to its conference in Stellenbosch in 2013. Click here to read River Blindness by Stacy Hardy.

Stacy Hardy is a writer, journalist, multimedia artist and theatre practitioner.

She is a founding member of the Venus Fly Trapeze Theatre Company, which has produced 8 original productions since 1995. She has lectured and tutored in the Drama Department at Rhodes University (1996 – 1998) and remains active in using theatre as an educational tool by lecturing and hosting workshops for the Grahamstown Foundation’s National Schools Festival (1996 – 2003). She is currently scripting a new play for acclaimed South African director Jaco Bouwer.

She has 6 year’s experience as a freelance journalist, commissioning editor and features writer for publications including SL magazine, Rage.co.za and Art South Africa, and 5 year’s experience in advertising. Her work on Keyline Magazine received a Silver Loerie [2001]. In 2001, together with Peet Pienaar and Heidi Chisholm, she established the advertising and design company, Daddy Buy Me A Pony.

Her digital and multimedia art has been exhibited at various local and international exhibitions and she was a member of the South African delegation at Ars Electonica in Austria in 2002. She has won numerous awards, including a Construction Award [2003] and New Channels Digital Art Competition [2003]. Her currently digital projects include a new collaboration with Francois Naude on a work that explores translation and literacy in South Africa.

Her fiction has appeared on donga (www.donga.co.za), Litnet (www.litnet.co.za), in the Laugh It Off Annual and in AFRO Magazine. She participated in the 2003 Crossing Border Festival in Den Hagen, The Netherlands with fellow South African authors Ivan Vladislavic, Lesego Rampolokeng, Phaswane Mpe, K Sello Duiker, and Nadine Botha. She has just completed fiction for a new book of photography by Pieter Hugo to be published in 2007 and is collaborating with Miles Keylock, Adam Haupt and Julian Jonker on a book of South African lyrics.

Her short film, I Love You Jet Li, created in collaboration with Jaco Bouwer was part of the transmediale.06: video selection, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) 2006 selection and was awarded Best Experimental Film at the Festival Chileno Internacional Del Cortometraje De Santiago 2006.

She is currently working as a writer and educator for the CAPE Africa Platform. She is also a member of the Bowling Club, a new collaborative creative venture founded by artist and designer Peet Pienaar. She regularly contributes to various conferences and platforms, including recent Underground Conference organised by Fred Devries at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research and the VANSA (The Visual Arts Network of SA) Young Curators Workshop held on Robben Island.

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