Kendell Geers

Kendell Geers was born in 1968 in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He currently lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Growing up in South Africa during apartheid, he developed artistically surrounded by a climate of political and social tensions. From the beginning, he was politically active on the front lines of denouncing the injustice. Since the end of the 1980s, he has dedicated his work to creating connections between conceptual art and politics: using different types of materials (glass, neon, sound, etc.) and techniques (collage, video, photography).  He modifies existing objects (like a Vespa, a human skull, barbed wire, etc.) giving them new expressive possibilities that interact directly with the public in the form of installations or performances.  Some of his works are emblematic of this attitude, like 48 Hours (1999), Twilight of the Idols (2003); Fuck Face (2005, first edition), The Passion Considered (2006), Manifest (2007) and Postpunkpaganpop (2008).

Since the early 1990s, Kendell Geers has received major awards from the contemporary art world  and has participated in such numerous international exhibitions as the Berlin Biennial (2001); the VIII Istanbul Biennial (2003), VIII Lyon Biennial (2005); and the LI Venice Biennale, African Pavilion (2005).

 

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