The title of the film, Iseeyou, comes from the slogan of the first multi-racial trade union in South Africa. It is a meditation of the relationship of visibility to work. Exploring public monuments to work and workers in Johannesburg, it looks at how these have been celebrated in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa through public art. The film suggests that this celebration is a way in which the conditions of work, and often the abuse of the rights of workers, is justified through the promotion of a work ethic.
Simon Gush lives 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 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 Screenat 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 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 2015.