Janneth Gil

Janneth Gil is a Colombian-born, New Zealander who has recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography) at Canterbury University. She is currently a staff member of the Christchurch Documentary Project, Place in Time, and a resident at the Exchange Christchurch (XCHC)

Janneth started drawing and painting at a young age, however, the social instability, poverty and cultural beliefs of her birth country forced her follow an Electrical Engineering and Project Management career. Now after many years of hard work, she had the opportunity to completely dedicate her life to what she is most passionate about, Art.

She truly believes in helping others with her skills. Janneth uses her artwork to empower, teach or simply help the oppressed to have a voice or to achieve a better life. When developing a body of work, she considers different periods in history, cultures and societal norms. She uses these ideas and her personal experiences to depict taboos and the conflict between perceptions, emotions and reality. These contrasts are portrayed figuratively through merging classical and contemporary techniques and materials within the different fine art disciplines such as photography, sculpture, drawing, painting and printmaking.

She had the privilege to be awarded several scholarships and awards such as the Vice Chancellor’s Excellence Award, Canterbury University Art Scholars scholarship, the Friends of the Christchurch Art Gallery Scholarship, the Student of the Year Award at the Design and Arts College of New Zealand and she also was selected as one of the ten finalists for the Christchurch Art Show Awards in 2015.

Photo Credit: Ramona Gaslt