Simon Gush

Gush was born in 1981 in Pietermaritzburg, and lives in Johannesburg. He completed his 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 Simon Gush: Sala10 at the Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico (2020); Al final del trabajo at Ex Teresa Arte Actual, Mexico (2018); After Work at Galerie Jette Rudolph in Berlin (2015); 9 o'clock at the National Arts Festival, Makhanda (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 seven solo exhibitions at Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg between 2007 and 2019.

Group shows include Sounding the Land, National Arts Festival, Makhanda (2020); Every Leaf Is an Eye, Göteborgs Konsthall, Sweden (2019); Buiten at S.M.A.K, Ghent, Belgium (2018); African Metropolis. An Imaginary City at MAXXI, Rome (2018); Of Traps and Tropes, 1st Kerkennah International Festival of Photography and Visual arts, Tunisia (2018); Affinities, or The Weight of Cinema at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC (2018); Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories at the 11th Rencontres de Bamako, Mali (2017); Avant Noir, vol 3, ICA, London (2017); Focus South Africa, Vision du Réel, Nyon (2017); International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen (2017); Recent Histories - New African Photography at the Walther Collection in Neu-Ulm (2017); Afriques Capitales at La Villette, Paris (2017); I Love You Sugar Kane at the Institute of Contemporary 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 Joburg at 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 biennales including the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen and Mannheim (2017) Dak'Art, 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 2015.

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