Derek Zietsman

Derek Zietsman

Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa

About Derek Zietsman

I am a full-time artist and curator. I hold a Masters in Fine Art (Cum Laude) degree. .In my art-making I explore the issue of ‘reality’ and our search for ‘truth’. It fascinates me that in our contemporary world almost everybody seems to be concerned about whom they are and how they appear to the outside world. Image has become everything. I explore what I perceive as an existential angst in contemporary society. My work is influenced by identity theorists, such as Stuart Hall and Judith Butler, who contend that identities are not something which already exists, but a construct that undergoes constant transformation.


I have participated in numerous group exhibitions and have had 3 solo exhibitions (I am not a fan of solo shows - I find them mostly exercises in vanity that endorses the myth of genius)