Films by Simon Gush feature in Sounding the Land at the National Arts Festival, taking place virtually. The exhibition forms part of an ongoing interdisciplinary collaboration seeking to 'reinvigorate and reassess debates on the impact and legacy of the settler colonial project in South Africa’s Eastern Cape'.
SG, 59 Joubert Street, Johannesburg, Simon Gush's new film, premieres in sala10, the online programme of Mexico’s Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo. Created during lockdown, the film explores ideas of home, labour and state, asking 'who cares for the worker?'
Simon Gush presents a selection of his films at Wolf Kino. This showing forms part of their Wilden programme, providing an accessible platform for 'experimental cinema in its many forms'.
Simon Gush participates in discussions at Syracuse University and the State University of New York, Oswego. The first is titled No Innocence 'This Side of the Womb': Confronting Issues of Equality, Privilege, and Justice, From Syracuse and South Africa and the latter is Exploring Inequalities and Gender Violence in South Africa Through Performance and Film.
Simon Gush presents work in Avant-Noir 1 and 2 at BOZAR, the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels. This is the latest iteration of a programme founded in 2014 which 'platforms contemporary film and video work by African and Transatlantic African artists'.
Simon Gush presents a talk titled 'Welcome to Frontier Country: work, language and social inclusion' in a conference themed Biopolítica y Necropolítica at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). This marks the third in series of colloquia focused on 'life, work and language'.
Simon Gush features in Buiten, an exhibition of 30 artists, centering texts such as instructions, diagrams, sentences, small drawings to form interventions that create dialogue with local residents.
Simon Gush shows alongside various artists in PALM, PALM, Palmar curated by Mika Conradie. Taking place at an emerging space called POOL, this exhibition looks at the imported palm tree 'as a vector for producing narratives and imaginaries within colonial and postcolonial Johannesburg'.
Meschac Gaba, Simon Gush and Nicholas Hlobo feature in African Metropolis. An Imaginary City curated by Simon Njami and Elena Motisi at MAXXI. The exhibition is divided into five chapters bringing together the works of around 40 artists reflecting on the on-going social and cultural transformations.
Simon Gush presents a solo exhibition titled Al final del trabajo at Ex Teresa Arte Actual. Curated by Helena Chávez Mac Gregor and Virginia Roy Luzarraga, the exhibition features recent works that 'reflect on the problem of work in the contemporary world'.
Simon Gush shows in Art and Football, a group exhibition of video art curated by Alfons Hug. The exhibition is held at the Deutsch-Aserbaidschanischer Kulturverein Kapellhaus which will host screenings of football matches and live music concerts during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Iseeyou by Simon Gush is featured in Affinities, or The Weight of Cinema, a group exhibition of films at the National Gallery of Art. This poject seeks to 'adapt Goethe’s artistic-scientific theory of attractions to the practice of exhibiting experimental cinema'.
Edson Chagas, Simon Gush and Mame-Diarra Niang feature in Deconstructed Spaces, Surveyed Memories a group exhibition presented by The Walther collection at the 11th Rencontres de Bamako. This show 'acknowledges the complexities and differing conceptions that can resound through each urban space, personal memory, or social community'.
Iseeyou by Simon Gush is included in Avant-Noir Volume 3, a film programme curated by Greg de Cuir Jr that surveys recent work by African and African diaspora film and video artists, alongside those engaging with African cultures.
Edson Chagas, Simon Gush and Zanele Muholi feature in a group show titled Madgermanes / Mystery Of Foreign Affairs. Spread across various locations, the exhibition 'searches for a collective cultural and political history that questions the motifs of home and hope, identity and affiliation, and focuses on the deconstruction of hegemonic concepts.'
Simon Gush exhibits in the first edition of the Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie themed Farewell Photography. The biennale was born out of what was previously known as the Fotofestival Mannheim-Ludwigshafen-Heidelberg, launched in 2005.
Calvin and Holiday by Simon Gush will be screened at 12th Festival cinémas d'Afrique. The chosen theme for this edition is 'meeting'.
Invasion by Simon Gush is screening at the 19th Encounters Documentary Festival in Cape Town and Joburg. The film is a re-enactment of a first-person account of South Africa’s invasion of Lesotho in 1998, and was previously selected for participation at the 63rd International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen.
Simon Gush's video Invasion, a re-enactment of a first-person account of South Africa’s invasion of Lesotho in 1998, has been selected for participation at the 63rd International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen. This will be the international premiere of the film, following its debut in Gush's recent solo exhibition The Island.
Video works by Simon Gush, Meschac Gaba and Robin Rhode were screened at the 2017 Videobox festival themed Noise and Movement.
Meschac Gaba, Simon Gush, Nicholas Hlobo, Moshekwa Langa, Nandipha Mntambo and Guy Tillim are included on Afrique Capitales, curated by Simon Njami, at La Villette in Paris (including the Mois de la Photo) and the Gare Saint Sauveur in Lille.
Simon Gush exhibits alongside Délio Jasse, Lebohang Kganye, Dawit L Petros and Zina Saro-Wiwa in Recent Histories: New Photography from Africa, the Walther Collection’s third exhibition on contemporary photography and video art from Africa and the Diaspora.
Simon Gush is the recipient of the 2016 Tierney Fellowship at Wits University. The fellowship supports emerging artists in the field of photography through an annual mentorship and partner programme.
Simon Gush, Nandipha Mntambo, Bogosi Sekhukhuni and Kemang Wa Lehulere had work on the International Exhibition of the 12th edition of Dak’art, the Dakar Biennale, curated by Simon Njami. See Contemporary And for coverage of the biennale.
Simon Gush exhibited alongside Francis Alÿs and Hiraki Sawa in While You Were Out, a show asking 'what happens when architecture is left unattended?' at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.