Simon Gush

production by Simon Gush
South Africa, 2013
time: 13' 14''

Sunday Light is about what it means to be in Johannesburg city centre on a Sunday. Johannesburg is considered the economic centre of Africa. The central business district is home to the banks, mining houses and numerous other industries that define and control the South African economy. However, the centre is seldom used outside of work. It has a reputation for crime and few residential buildings. As one of its residents, Gush thinks through what it means to be there outside of working hours and how the use of the space changes on a day of non-work. He looks at how this might affect the identity of the city and, by extension, how identities might be shaped by our time away from work.

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.


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