Nadine Botha is an artist who works with research, writing, publishing, and exhibition making to explore how invisible social, political, legal, economic, and cultural systems design our objects, bodies, technology, homes, cities, and experiences.

The Politics of Shit is a self-initiated artistic research project that emerged from her Design Academy Eindhoven cum laude Master’s thesis project, which was also recognised with the Gijs Bakker Award for best project. Exploring the politics of the portable flush toilet in Cape Town’s ongoing toilet wars, the Politics of Shit is now expanding into film, academia, and media.

Other roles include assistant curator of the 4th Istanbul Design Biennale in 2018, editor-at-large of DAMN magazine, and tutor at Design Academy Eindhoven. She is the founder of deSIGNIFY design, media, and art consultancy.

In 2005, Deep South published her poetry collection Ants Moving the House Millimetres. Her poems have been featured on Poetry International and The Common, and published in various magazines in South Africa, including Donga, Southern Rain Poetry, Litnet, Sweet, New Coin, Ons Kleintjie, Laugh It Off and Botsotso.


Netherlands: Van Abbemuseum, Zuizerzee Museum, Sandberg Institute, MONU magazine, Design Academy Eindhoven, Frame, Mark. Europe: Financial Times, Z33 house of contemporary art, Dirty Furniture, Dazed, Coolhunting, DAMN, TLmagazine. US: Metropolis, Mold, Core77, Design Observer, Coolhunting. South Africa: City Press, Mail&Guardian, Sunday Times, Chimurenga, VISI, Art Africa, Eat Out, Taste, Memeburn, Design Indaba, Cape Town Partnership.