Gavin Krastin is an artist, curator and educator working predominantly in live art performance. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in choreography and performance, from Rhodes University Department of Drama, and is immersed in the professional performance art scene in South Africa and abroad. From 2013 he lectured (part-time) at UCT’s Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies, but in 2018 he joined his alma mater, Rhodes University (or the University Currently Known as Rhodes), as a lecturer.
Gavin’s interests lay in the body’s representation in alternative and layered spaces. His practice straddles theatre, dance, visual arts and curatorship, resulting in artworks that are often full of beauty, but not always easy to stomach. The queering of space intrigues him and inspires a questioning of behaviours and transgressions in his work. Rather than using performance to escape the politics and mess of ‘the body’, he uses his body to occupy and subvert aspects of presentation and representation. In 2018 he founded and launched the Live Art Arcade, an annual and nomadic experimental platform for live art and performance by young multidisciplinary artists.
Permeating multiple spaces, Gavin nurtures and inspires an inventive and imaginative ethos in the realisation of artistic production, education and curation in the performance industry and our communities. His work has been shown across South Africa and in the USA, Canada, England, Wales, Scotland, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Brazil and Switzerland.