Master of Arts by Research Report in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


Post Graduate Certificate, Hoger Instituut van Schone Kunsten (HISK), Ghent, Belgium


Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg



Tierney Fellowship for Photography, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts Fellowship, University of Cape Town

Solo Exhibitions:


SG, 59 Joubert Street, Johannesburg, Sala10, Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo (MUAC), Mexico City


Welcome to Frontier Country, Stevenson, Cape Town


Al final del trabajo, Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico City


The Island, Stevenson, Johannesburg


Nightfall, Stevenson, Johannesburg


9 o’clock, Fort Selwyn, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

Workplace, Stevenson, Johannesburg

After Work, Jette Rudolph, Berlin

Red, Ann Bryant Gallery, in conjunction with Red Assembly, African Critical Inquiry Programme, East London

Red, ArtEC, Port Elizabeth


Red, Goethe-Institut gallery, Johannesburg


Work, Stevenson, Cape Town


Representation, Stevenson, Johannesburg


4 for Four, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunsten (SMAK), Gent

 4 for Four, Stevenson, Cape Town

1st and 3rd, West, Den Haag


Sidestep, Stevenson, Cape Town

Sidestep, Stevenson, Johannesburg

Film Screenings and Festivals


Rethinking Economics for Africa Festival, University of the Witwatersrand, (online)


Simon Gush, Wilden, Wolf Kino, Berlin

Avant-Noir, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels


Affinities or the Weight of Cinema, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC 


Avant-Noir, ICA, London

Focus South Africa, Vision du Réel, Nyon

Encounters Documentary Film Festival, Cape Town and Johannesburg

Matšatši a …, The Bioscope Independent Cinema, Johannesburg

63rd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen of Sound and Movements, Videobox Festival,  Le Carreau du Temple, Paris

Daytime Bioscope, Gallery of the University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch

Carte blanche Visions du Réel, 12e Festival cinémas d’Afrique, Geneva

8º edition CineMigrante International Film Festival, Buenos Aires.


Travailleurs,  Les Rencontres Internationales, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin

Travailleurs, Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaite Lyrique, Paris


The Film Will Always Be You: South African Artists On Screen, Tate Modern, London

Workers, Les Rencontres Internationales, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin

Monuments and Follies, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Rotterdam


Workers,Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaite Lyrique, Paris

Metabolizing Labor, Videoholica, Varna


New Narratives, Rencontres Internationales, Palais De Tokyo, Paris

New Narratives, Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin

Mine – A selection of films by SA artists, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Dubai


Mine – A selection of films by SA artists, Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, Bayreuth

Selected Group Exhibitions


Sounding the Land, virtual National Arts Festival, Makhanda (online)

Short stories of an instrumental animal, Lab 27, Treviso

Intimacy and Resistance, An intergenerational dialogue on photobooks in South Africa, Galleri Image, Photobook Week Aarhus, Aarhu


Every leaf is an eye, Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborgs


African Metropolis. An imaginary city, MAXXI, Rome

Meditations on Place: Four Perspectives; Four African Cities, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Of traps and tropes, Kerkennah #01, Tunisia for the international photography festival, Kerkennah

Both, And, Stevenson, Johannesburg

Art and Football, Goethe-Zentrum, Baku

palm, palm, palmar, POOL, Johannesburg

Een Biënnale van Ideeën, Cultuurcentrum De Steiger Menen

Buiten, public art exhibition coordinated by the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunsten (SMAK), Gent


Recent Histories: Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories, 11th Rencontres de Bamako

Global Players, Farewell Photography, Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Kunstverein Ludwigshafen

Recent Histories – New African Photography and Video Art, The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm

Afriques Capitales, La Villette, Paris

The New Parthenon, Stevenson, Cape Town

Madgermanes / Mystery Of Foreign Affairs, Kunstverein Schwerin

Uzoyithola kanjani uhleli ekhoneni, Rhodes University Gallery, Grahamstown


Recent Histories: New Photography from Africa, Walther Collection Project Space, New York

The City in the Blue Daylight, Dak’Art 2016, La Biennale de l’Art contemporain Africain de Dakar, Dakar, Senegal

Katrin Plavčak – Paule Hammer – Simon Gush, Gallerie Jette Rudolph, Berlin

I Love You Sugar Kane, Institute of Contemporary Art Indian Ocean, Port Louis, Mauritius

Sex, Stevenson, Johannesburg


How to live? Visions of the future yesterday and today, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany

Playing with Rules, CBK Drenthe, Assen, The Netherlands

While You Were Out, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Telling Time, 10th Bamako Encounters, African Biennale of Photography, Bamako

Conversations at Morija #2, Morija House, Morija, Lesotho

Drawings in the Sky, ABSA Lumen, Parts and Labour, Johannesburg


500 years in the Future, 2nd Montevideo Biennial, Montevideo

Artists Engaged? Maybe., Next Future Programme, Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon

This is Not Africa, This is Us, West, Den Haag

D.ART, Dijlefeesten Kunstroute, Mille, Mechelen

Futebol – O Jogo Só Acaba Quando Termina, SESC Vila Mariana, São Paulo

FUTEBOL / Das Spiel hört erst auf, wenn es zu Ende ist, Kunsthaus, Nürnberg

FUTEBOL / Das Spiel hört erst auf, wenn es zu Ende ist, Nassauischer Kunstverein, Wiesbaden

FUTEBOL / Das Spiel hört erst auf, wenn es zu Ende ist, Lichthof des Auswärtigen Amts, Berlin

Nomad Bodies, Royal Academy of Fine Art, Antwerp

Nomad Bodies, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria


Plus Jamais Seul (Never more alone), STANDARDS, Rennes

A Sculptural Premise, Stevenson, Cape Town

A note to a stranger, Public Exhibition, Dias Bar, Cape Town

My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris

My Joburg, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden


Present Unlimited, Sofia Contemporary, Fabrica 126, Sofia

The Loitering Presence of a Rational Actor, Universal Studio, New York

Mind the System, Find the Gap, Z33, Hasselt

If a Tree…, Stevenson, Johannesburg

Evolution de l’Art, Kunstverein (Milano), Milan


Connections, Kunsthalle Luzern, Luzern

what we talk about when we talk about love, Stevenson, Cape Town

Republic, Cape Town City Hall, Cape Town


This is Our Time, Stevenson, Cape Town

Halakasha, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg

From Pierneef to Gugulective,  Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town

Culture Shock: video interventions at the Q.E.T., Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver


If Only I Was More Like You, Amsterdam

 Ename Actueel: Hoofdstuk V, Ename

Polyfonie: HISK in Watou 2009, Watou

Lab09, Lulea Art Biennial, Lulea,

Korte Metten, Vooruit, Gent

 De Keuze van Koen van den Broek, Indian Caps, Antwerpen

Self / Not-Self, Stevenson, Johannesburg

Bad Moon Rising 3, Boots Contemporary Art Space, St Louis

Test Patterns: Recent Video Work From South Africa, SF Camerawork, San Francisco


Work, with Helena Chavez Macgregor and Prishani Naidoo

              Soma Summer: Conversations at a distance,  SOMA, Mexico City (online), 2020

Land | Labour | Life, with Prishani Naidoo

             Sounding the Land, virtual National Arts Festival, Makhanda (online), 2020

Modes of Self-Reporting: The Artist and Social Justice

             Society, Work and Politics Institute (SWOP), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (online) 2020

Artist talk on land and work, with Jyoti Mistry

            Every leaf is an eye, Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborgs, 2019

A Visible Problem: Images of workers at work on the mines in South Africa,

              Critical Entanglements: Colonialism, Anthropology and the Visual Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2019

Panel: The Arts – Ordinary Acts, Extraordinary Promise,

              No Innocence This Side of the Womb: Confronting Issues of Equality, Privilege, and Justice, From Syracuse and South Africa, Syracuse University, Syracuse, 2019

Artist Talk,

              State University of New York at Oswego, Oswego, 2019

Welcome to Frontier Country: Work, Land and Social Inclusion,

              Biopolítica y Necropolítica. Vida, Trabajo y Lenguaje: En busca de la episteme de nuestros, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, 2018

City of Labour (Ciudad del Trabajo),

              Seminario Permanente de Estudios Sobre la Ciudad, Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, Mexico City, 2018


              Cátedra Nelson Mandela de Derechos Humanos en las Artes, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, 2018

Al final del trabajo (The End of Work),

               Miércoles de SOMA, SOMA, Mexico City, 2018

Panel: Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art,

              Iwalewahaus, Universität Bayreuth, Bayreuth, 2017

Being Here,

              Circulations: the (un)making of Southern Africa beyond and across borders, French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), Johannesburg, 2016

Published Articles/ Essays/ Photo Essays:

Gush, Simon. “A Visible Problem”, Online Catalogue for Affinities, or The Weight of Cinema, National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, January (2018)

Gush, Simon. “The Yellow Jersey”, Third Text Africa, vol 5, (2018) (Photo Essay)

Gush, Simon, Prishani Naidoo and Ahmed Veriava. “Simon Gush in conversation with Prishani Naidoo and Ahmed Veriava”, in Recent Histories: Contemporary African Photography and Video Art, ed.

Daniela Baumann, Joshua Chaung, and Oluremi C. Onabanjo (Göttingen: Steidl and The Walther Collection, 2017), 322-324.

Gush, Simon. “Photo-Essay: Studies for Red”, Parallax, 22:2, (2016): 132-138, DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2016.1175065 (Photo Essay)

Gush, Simon. “Red”, Ann Bryant Gallery, East London.” Kronos, no. 42 (2016): 48-55. (Photo Essay)

Curatorial Projects


Founder and curator of the Parking Gallery


Co-curator of the Parking Gallery