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Simon Gush (born 1981) lives and works in Johannesburg. He completed postgraduate studies at the Hoger Instituut van Schone Kunsten in Ghent, Belgium, in 2008, and was a 2011 Fellow at the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, University of Cape Town. Solo shows include After Work at Galerie Jette Rudolph in Berlin (2015); 9 o’clock at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown (2015); Red at the Goethe-Institut, Johannesburg (2014) and at Anne Bryant Art Gallery in East London and ArtEC in Port Elizabeth (2015); 1st and 3rd at Galerie West, The Hague, and 4 for Four at S.M.A.K., Ghent (both 2010); in addition to five solo exhibitions at Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg, between 2007 and 2015. Group shows include I Love You Sugar Kane at the Institute of Creative Art Indian Ocean, Mauritius (2016); While You Were Out at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (2015); The Films Will Always Be You: South African Artists on Screen at Tate Modern in London (2015); Artists Engaged? Maybe at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon (2014); My Joburgat La Maison Rouge, Paris, and the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen in Dresden (2013); Halakasha at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg in 2010; and 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town in 2010; among others. Gush has been included in the biennales of Dakar, Senegal in 2016; Bamako, Mali in 2015; Montevideo, Uruguay in 2014; and Luleå, Sweden in 2009. Gush was awarded the Jury prize at the Bamako Encounters Biennale in Mali in 2015.

Education:
2008 – Laureate, Hoger Instituut van Schone Kunsten (HISK), Ghent
2003 – Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Fellowships:
2016 – Tierney Fellowship, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
2011 – Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts FellowshipUniversity of Cape Town, Cape Town

Solo Exhibitions:
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, Anne Bryant Art Gallery, East London, as part of Red Assembly in association with the African Critical Inquiry Program
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 vir Aktueel Kunsten (SMAK), Gent
4 for Four, Stevenson, Cape Town
1st and 3rd, West, Den Haag
2009
Sidestep, Stevenson, Cape Town
Sidestep, Stevenson, Johannesburg
2007
Salute, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

Selected Group Exhibitions and Film Festivals:
2017
Recent Histories – New African Photography, Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm
Afrique Capitales, La Villette, Paris
63rd International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen
Focus South Africa, Visions du Reel, Nyon
of Sound and Movements, Videobox Festival,  Le Carreau du Temple, Paris
Daytime Bioscope, Gallery of University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch
2016
Recent Histories: New Photography from Africa, Walther Collection Project Space, New York
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
Travailleurs,  Les Rencontres Internationales, Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin
Travailleurs, Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaite Lyrique, Paris
2015
How to live? Visions of the future yesterday and today, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany
Telling Time, Rencontres de Bamako, Biennale Africaine de la PhotographieBamako
Playing with Rules
, CBK Drenthe, Assen, Netherlands
Conversations at Morija #2, Maeder House, Morija, Lesotho
While You Were Out, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston
Drawings in the Sky, ABSA Lumen, Parts and labour, Johannesburg
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
500 years in the Future, 2nd Montevideo Biennial, Montevideo, Uruguay
Artists Engaged? Maybe., Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon
This is Not Africa, This is Us, West, Den Haag
D.ART, Dijlefeesten Kunstroute, Mille, Mechelen
Metabolizing Labor, Videoholica, Varna
Futebol – O Jogo Só Acaba Quando Termina, SESC Vila Mariana, Sao 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 Auswartigen Amts, Berlin
Nomad Bodies, Royal Academy of Fine Art, Antwerpen
Nomad Bodies, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria
Workers, Les Rencontres Internationales, Gaite Lyrique, Paris
Metabolizing Labor, Videoholica, Varna
2013
Plus Jamais Seul (Never more alone), STANDARDS, Rennes, France
A Sculptural Premise, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
A note to a stranger, Public Exhibition, Dias Bar, Cape Town, South Africa
My JoburgLa Maison Rouge, Paris
My Joburg, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden,
New Narratives, Rencontres Internationales, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
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
2012
New Narratives, Rencontres Internationales, Palais De Tokyo, Paris
Present Unlimited, Sofia Contemporary, Fabrica 126, Sofia
The Loitering Presence of a Rational Actor, Universal Studio, New Yor
Mind the System, Find the Gap, Z33, Hasselt
If a Tree…, Stevenson, Johannesburg
Evolution de l’Art, Kunstverein (Milano), Milan
Mine – A selection of films by SA artists, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre,
2011
Connections, Kunsthalle Luzern, Luzern
what we talk about when we talk about love, Stevenson, Cape Town
Republic, Cape Town City Hall, Cape Town
Mine – A selection of films by SA artists, Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth
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 Meten, 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
2008
PERCHE REALIZZARE UN’OPERA QUANDO E COSI BELLO SOGNARLA SOLTANTO?, Universiteit Gent, Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen, Gent
I Like Belgium and Belgium Likes Me, Conflict Room, Antwerpen
Disguise, The Art of Attracting and Deflecting Attention, Stevenson, Cape Town
.za giovane arte dal Sudafrica, Palazzo delle Papesse,  Siena
Perfect Lovers, Art Extra, Johannesburg
Bad Moon Rising, Silverman Gallery, San Francisco
El Manifiesto De Santiago, Centro Cultural Matucana 100, Santiago
2007
Out of Place, Open Archive # 1, Argos, Brussels
Making Waves, The Castle, Cape Town
Temporary Behaviour, Marker IV Devine In.Tent, Unternehmenspark, Kassel
51% / 49%, Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten, Gent
There is a Man Going Around Taking Names, (in collaboration with Dorothee Kreutzfeldt), Joao Ferreira, Cape Town
3 Point Turn, (in collaboration with Dorothee Kreutzfeldt), Point Blank Gallery, Drill Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa
Follow the Arrows, World Social Forum, Nairobi, Kenya

Curatorial Projects
2006/ 2012-13  Founder and Co-curator of the Parking Gallery (http://parking-gallery.net)

Selected Bibliography:
Red Assembly: East London Calling, 2016, Parallax, Volume 22, Issue 2, 2016, Routledge
Jayawardane, M. Neelika, 2016 City of Labour, Contemporary & 
Athi Mongezeleli Joja, 2015, “Simon Gush: Images, words and sounds expound on the global work ethic” The Mail and Guardian
Baline, Sue, 2015, “Exploring meaning in work and the workplace” Business Day
Cachucho, Eduardo, September 2014, Red Berets and Economic Accomplices, E-flux Journal #57
Castilho, Clara, 3 de Setembro de 2014, SIMON GUSH, UM DAS ARTISTAS DA EXPOSIÇÃO “ARTISTAS COMPROMETIDOS? TALVEZ” http://aviagemdosargonautas.net
Pelocorto,  Samstag den 16. August 2014, Schweres Geläuf, Der Bond
Cullinan Cook, Shashi, July 2014, Simon Gush “Red”, Volume 12, Issue 04, Art South Africa pg 56
Ndlovu, Treasure, 16 May 2014, Exhibiting Madiba’s Red Mercedes, The New Age, pg 1
Thurman, Chris, 17 April 2014, Story of Mandela’s red Merc is more complex than you think, Business Day, pg 7
O’Toole, Sean, 2014, “This is the work of a revolution” The Mail and Guardian
Daepp, Miriam, March 2014 The red Mercedes Benz, Goethe Institut Magazine (http://www.goethe.de/ins/za/en/joh/kul/mag/bku/12539289.html)
Lunettes Rouges, 13 juillet 2014, The Near Future, Le Monde
O’Toole, Sean, 2013, City Report Johannesburg, Frieze Magazine, issue 158, pg 216
Chapter 89, 2013, Simon Gush, Chapter 89, http://chapter89magazine.com/
Gavin, Francesca, 2011, “100 New Artists”, Lawrence King publishing, London, pg 98-99
Bosland, Joost, 2010, “Refracting Surfaces: Simon Gush”, NKA, Journal of contemporary African Art, Fall 2010, pg76 – 81
Cornell, Lauren; Massimiliano Gioni; Laura Hoptman, 2009, Younger Than Jesus Artist Directory, New York, Phaidon Press Ltd, pg 205
Haines, Liz, 2009, Uneasy Encounters, Code Magazine, Issue 9 (Spring), pg 4-7
O’Toole, Sean, 2007. Cutting-Edge Humour, Business Day quarterly Art Supplement (Summer)
Van Cauteren, Phileppe and Thomas Caron, 2007, Uncommon Ground, Art South Africa. Vol 6.2 (Summer), pg 36-37

 

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