CV

Education:

2019

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

2008

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

2003

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

Fellowships:

2016/17

Tierney Fellowship for Photography, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

2011

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

Solo Exhibitions:

2019

Welcome to Frontier Country, Stevenson, Cape Town

2018

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

2017

The Island, Stevenson, Johannesburg

2016

Nightfall, Stevenson, Johannesburg

2015

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

2014

Red, Goethe-Institut gallery, Johannesburg

2013

Work, Stevenson, Cape Town

2011

Representation, Stevenson, Johannesburg

2010

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

 4 for Four, Stevenson, Cape Town

1st and 3rd, West, Den Haag

2009

Sidestep, Stevenson, Cape Town

Sidestep, Stevenson, Johannesburg

Film Screenings and Festivals

2019

Simon Gush, Wilden, Wolf Kino, Berlin

Avant-Noir, Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels

2018

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

2017

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.

2016

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

Travailleurs, Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaite Lyrique, Paris

2015

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

2014

Workers,Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaite Lyrique, Paris

Metabolizing Labor, Videoholica, Varna

2013

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

2011

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

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019

Every leaf is an eye, Göteborgs Konsthall, Göteborgs

2018

2018       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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012 

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

2011

Connections, Kunsthalle Luzern, Luzern

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

Republic, Cape Town City Hall, Cape Town

2010 

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

2009

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

Conferences/Presentations:

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

Red,

              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)
https://www.nga.gov/features/affinities-weight-of-cinema/visible-problem.html

Gush, Simon. “The Yellow Jersey”, Third Text Africa, vol 5, (2018) https://asai.co.za/third-text-africa/ (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. http://www.jstor.org/stable/44176041. (Photo Essay)

Curatorial Projects

2006

Founder and curator of the Parking Gallery

2012-13

Co-curator of the Parking Gallery