Biography

Born into a working class Afrikaans family during the height of Apartheid, Kendell Geers quickly found himself fighting a Crime Against Humanity on the front lines of activism and protest. Running away from the military regime and a six year prison sentence, he escaped to London in 1988 as a political refugee. In 1989 he moved on to New York where he found employ as Richard Prince’s full time assistant. Following the release of Nelson Mandela, Geers returned to South Africa in 1990 to help build the new democracy.

From his strong experiences as a revolutionary, he developed a psycho-social-political practice that held ethics and aesthetics to be opposite sides of the very same coin, spinning upon the tables of history. In his hands, the discourse of art history is interrogated, languages of power and ideological codes subverted, expectations smashed and belief systems transformed into aesthetic codes. The raw energy of a Punk attitude is blended with the visceral visionary philosophy of poets like Rimbaud, Blake and Burroughs in an uncanny cocktail of unexpected contrasts.

A European by descent, an African by birth, Kendell Geers work embodies the contradictions of his identity, being both Animist and Mystic, Shaman and Alchemist, Punk and Poet . The warp of popular culture is woven into the weft of poetry, painting, literature and ritual. He uses experience to colour perception, spiritualising matter and materialising spirit, mocking tradition like an iconoclast whilst celebrating history like a Medieval Monk.

Believing that art is as political as it is spiritual, Kendell Geers’ varied practice cannot be simplified, cannot be reduced to cliché or fashion. Working as an artist, musician, designer and writer, his strategies are without compromise because he believes that “Art changes the world - one perception at a time.”

www.kendellgeers.com

CV

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2017 AfroPunk, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen with the collaboration of Galerie Didier Claes, Brussels
  • 2016 ProPaganDaDa, ADN Galeria, Barcelona, Spain
  • 2015 SeaSonSinHell, Gallery ACB, Budapest, Hungary (Show and Lecture)
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  • 2014 Ani/Mystik/AKtivist, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
    The Intoxication of Being Kendell Geers, UnTubo, Siena, Italy (Show and Lecture)
    Crossing the Line, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
    Solve et Coagula, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
  • 2013 AlphaBête, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Bruxelles, Belgium.
    Endgame, Galleria Continua Le Moulin, Boissy-le-Chatel, France
    Stealing Fire from Heaven, Galerist, Istanbul, Turkey
    Kendell Geers 1988-2013, Haus der Kunst, Munich (monography)
  • 2012 Songs of Innocence and of Experience
    Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
    The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
    Chateau Blandy-Les-Tours, France
  • 2011 Hellraiser, ADN Galeria, Barcelona
    No Government, No Cry; CIAP, Hasselt, Belgium
    Fin de Partie, Galleria Continua, Beijing (catalogue)
  • 2010 Lady/God/Gift, Kendell Geers participation in the project: Domino Canibal, Contemporary Art Project Murcia, Spain (catalogue)
    Third World Disorder, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
    Handgrenades from my Heart, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
  • 2009 A GUEST + A HOST = A GHOST, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
    Irrespektiv, MART, Trento, Italy (catalogue)
    The Wasteland , Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
  • 2008 Oficina Para de Arte A.C. , Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    Irrespektiv , MOCA, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France (catalogue)
    Irrespektiv , DA2 Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca, Spain (catalogue)
    PostPunkPaganPop , de Pury & Luxembourg Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland (catalogue)
  • 2007 Kannibale, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
    Irrespektiv, BALTIC, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom (catalogue)
    Irrespektiv, Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.), Gent, Belgium (catalogue)
    Auto da fé, BPS22, Charleroi (catalogue)
  • 2006 The word made flesh; Gallery Stephen Friedman, London
  • 2005 Satyr:Ikon, Galleria Continua, San Gimigano, Italy
    The Fall, Sorry we’re closed, Bruxelles
    Hung, Drawn and Quartered, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, United States (catalogue)
  • 2004 Hung, Drawn and Quartered, Contemporary Art Center, Cincinatti, United States (catalogue)
    Sexus, Cimaise et Portique, Albi, France (catalogue)
    The forest of suicides, MACRO Museum, Roma, Italy (monography)
    In the flesh, Salon 94, New York
  • 2003 NOITU(LOVE)R , Castello di Ama per l’arte contemporanea Lecchi in Chianti
    Inferno, CCA Kitakyushu Project Gallery, Japan (artists book)
    Terrorealismus, Migros Museum, Zurich
    The Prodigal son, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
    Rogue States, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
  • 2002 Grenzgänger, Gallery Luis Campana, Köln, Germany
    Mondo Kane, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
    A Spy in the House of Love, Camouflage, Brussels, Belgium
    Sympathy for the Devil, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (catalogue)
  • 2001 Where Angels Fear to Tread, Delfina Project Space, London
    Televisionaries, Würtembergischer Kunstverein and Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2000 Timbuktu, MAK, Vienna, Austria
    ¡Ya Basta! Le Consortium, Dijon, France
    Ex Africa Semper Aliquid Novi, Marian Goodman Gallery, Paris, France
    Arte all’Arte V edizione, Volterra, Italy
    Inova, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Milwaukee, USA
    Art Unlimited, Basel ArtFair, Basel, Switzerland
  • 1999 States of Emergency, Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria (catalogue)
    Heart of Darkness, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
    Stephen Friedman Gallery, London
    Project Rooms, Arco, Madrid, Spain
  • 1998 Guilty, Fort Klapperkop, Pretoria, South Africa
    98.3, ArtPace, San Antonio, Texas, USA (brochure)
    Heart of Darkness, Gallery in the Round, Grahamstown, South Africa (brochure)
  • 1997 Memento Mori, de Vleeshal, Middelburg, Holland
  • 1996 Black on the Inside (with Neil Goedhals), Galerie Metroplex, Johannesburg, South Africa
    16 June 1976 (with Willie Bester), Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1995 Work on Paper, Chalkham Hill Press Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
    W.C. , Villa Arson, Nice, France
  • 1994 Air de Paris (with Joachim Schonfeldt), Everard Read Contemporary & ICA & Market Theatre Galleries, Johannesburg,South Africa
    We are Johannesburg Artists and Nothing More, Michaelis Art Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1993 The New Patron, Everard Read Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa
    Threshold: The Exhibition, Everard Read Contemporary, Johannesburg, South Africa
    Objects, Natal Technikon Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • 1991 Mediations, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1988 Box Theatre, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Performances

  • 2013 Red Snyper, Transformator, Zwevegem, Belgium
    Red Snyper, Schlagstrom Festival, Berlin, Germany
  • 2011 Red Sniper, Body Farm, Magasin 4, Brussels
  • 2009 CODEX GIGAS, Starr Space, Brooklyn, New York
    A House is Not a Home, La Calmeleterie, Amboise, France
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  • 2008 Oficina Para de Arte A.C., Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
    PostPunkPaganPop, MOCA, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France
    LostLustLast, Performance and Installation, Royal Monceau Hotel, Paris (Destruction Party)
    PostPunkPaganPop, Gallery de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich
  • 2007 CIMATIC/07AV/FestivalBrussels International Festival for Live Audiovisual Art&VJing, Beursschouwburg,Brussels
    50 Jaar Vrienden V/H Smak Ghent, Belgium
    Festival 10 days off, the fucKINGFUCKS Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium
    Biennale Charleroi danse, Performance Kendell Geers and the fucKINGFUCKS BPS22, Charleroi
  • 2005 Cultuurcentrum Evergem, Belgium
    Les Grands Spectacles – 120 Jahre Kunst und Massenkultur
    Museum der Moderne Salzburg Mönchsberg, Austria
    Elektra Festival Montréal, Canada
    Strange, Familiar and Unforgotten Galerie Erna Hécey, Bruxelles
    Dans le Collimateur Dieppe Scene Nationale, Dieppe, France
  • 2004 Criminal Brides Buda, Kortijk, Belgium
    Videozone Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv, Israel
    Playlist, Palais de Tokyo, Paris
    Opera Video, Galleria Continua, San Gimignano, Italy
  • 2003 Rhythm and Chaos, Transart 03, Bolzano, Italy
    Rhythm and Chaos, Beaulieu Art Gallery, Oudenaarde (group show)
    Guests, curated by Luk van Acker, Handelsbeursgebouw, Ghent
    Guided by Heroes, curated by Raf Simons, Z33, Hasselt
    Prototype, Centre Pompidou, Paris

Group Exhibitions

  • 2014 Divine Comedy, MMK, Frankfurt, Germany.
    Ruffneck Constructivists, ICA, Philadelphia, US.
    INSERT2014, Maati Ghar, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, India.
  • 2013 Artifical Amsterdam, De Appel, Amsterdam
    PostMortem, Forde, Geneve.
    Beyond Liaisons, World Jewellery Museum, Seoul
    My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France.
    Money, Sex, Power, Maison Particulière, Brussels, Belgium.
    Celluloid Brushes, Ludlow 38, New York
  • 2012 Struggle(s), 4 Private collections, Maison Particuliere, Brussels
    Newtopia: The State of Human Rights, exhibition for the City of Mechelen, Belgium (catalogue)
    Manifesta 9, The European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Genk, Limburg, Belgium (catalogue)
    Néon, Who’s afraid of red, yellow and blue? La Maison Rouge, Paris (catalogue)
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  • 2011 CON AMORE — Leif Djurhuus Samling, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark (catalogue)
    NUNC, ET IN HORA MORTIS NOSTRAE, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
    Mémoires du futur, la collection Olbricht, La maison Rouge, Paris (catalogue)
    Spheres 4, Galleria Continua Le Moulin, Paris
    It Won’t Happen Again, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China
    Super-Organism, CAF Art Museum Biennale, Beijing, China
    Terrible Beauty—Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance, Dublin Contemporary 2011, Ireland
    How to Philosophize with a Hammer, White Box, New York, United States
    Big Brother, L’artiste face aux Tyrans, The Palais des Arts et du Festival, Dinard, France (catalogue Glasstress, Eventi collaterali di La Biennale di Venizia, Venice, Italy
    Sympathy for the Devil, VanhaerentsArtCollection, Brussels, Belgium
    Eat Me, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
    The Luminous Interval, The Daskalopoulos Collection, The Guggenheim, Bilbao (catalogue)
    Celluloid Brushes, Film Posters by artists, Etablissement d’en Face, Brussels
  • 2010 Mexico Expected/Unexpected, MOLAA, Museum of Latin American Art, CA, United States
    Je crois aux Miracles, Collection Yvon Lambert, Avignon
    Idoles, Le Moulin, Galleria Continua, Boissy-le Chatel, Paris, France
    The Right to Protest, Museum on the Seam, Socio-Political Contemporary Art Museum, Israel
    Bare Life, Museum on the Seam, Socio-Political Contemporary Art Museum, Israel
    Wish List of a Young Collector, Galerie Yvon Lambert, Paris
    Lust and Vice: The Seven Deadly Sins from Dürer to Nauman, Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern , Switzerland (catalogue)
    Winter Show, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
    México — esperado/inesperado, B.P.S.22 – Espace de création contemporaine, Belgium
    Spazio, Dalle collezioni di arte e architettura del MAXXI, MAXXI, Roma, Italy
    Bern Biennale, The Museum of Fine Art in Bern, Switzerland
    The 29th Bienal de São Paulo, Brazil (catalogue)
    Nieuwe Monumenten, Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp (catalogue)
    Strengths and Convictions, Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Sweden (catalogue)
    UltraMegaLore-Fashion Icon, Het Modemuseum Hasselt, Belgium (catalogue)
    One Shot ! Football and contemporary art, BPS22 espace de création contemporaine, Charleroi, Belgium (catalogue)
    Dada South? Iziko Museums Of Cape Town, South Africa (catalogue)
    Contemplating the Void, Guggenheim Museum, New York
  • 2009 SCRATCH! ADN Galeria, Barcelona
    Visions of paradise: utopias | dystopias | heterotopias, Berezdivin Collection, Espacio 1414, Puerto Rico
    Art Foundation Mallorca, CCA Andratx, Mallorca, Spain
    Fonction Critique, quelques apparitions diversement manifestees, sur une proposition de M.Fadat, Aperto, Montpellier, France (Catalogue)
    Spheres 2009, Galleria Continua, Le Moulin, Paris
    Locus Solus, Galerie Yvon Lambert , Paris
    Re:Print, n.a.v. een grafisch werktraject in het Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Cultuurcentrum Mechelen, Mechelen, Belgium (catalogue)
    Hellwach Gegenwartig, Ausblicke auf die Sammlung Marta, Marta Herford, Germany
    Dark Summer, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
    Une collezione trasversale Da Duchamp a Nino Calos, da Cattelan a Entang Wiharso, ALT Arte Contemporanea, Arte Lavoro Territorio, Spazio Fausto Radici, Alzano Lombardo
    A House is Not a Home, La Calmeleterie, Amboise, France (catalogue)
    SONS Shoes Or not Shoes? Kruishoutem, Belgium
    Time of the Signs, de Pury & Luxembourg Gallery, Zürich, Switzerland
    Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War, Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, Ireland
  • 2008 Artist-Citizen / Contextual artistic practices, Cultural Centre of Belgrade, Serbia
    Chambre à part II, La Réserve, Paris
    7+1Project Rooms, MARCO, Museo de Arte Contemporànea de Vigo, Spain (catalogue)
    ‘My Favorite Object’, Artists and Architects present their favourite object in the MAK, The Viennaartweek, MAK, Vienna (catalogue)
    WALL ROCKETS, New Flag Art Foundation Show, Contemporary Artist and Ed Ruscha, curated by Lisa Dennison, New York (catalogue)
    Collection Agustin et Isabel Coppel, Mexico: Expected/Unexpected, La Maison Rouge, Paris (catalogue)
    Betwixt, Sofia Hultén curated by Richard Julin, Magasin 3, Stockholm Konsthall, Sweden
    NEON, group show curated by Tania Doropoulos, Gallery Anna Schwartz, Sydney, Australia
    Bare Life, Jerusalem’s Museum on the Seam, Israel
    Neon Bible, Collection Yvon Lambert, Avignon
    Neighbourhood Secrets, Kvadrat, Stavanger 2008 European Capital of Culture, Norway (catalogue)
    Person of the Crowd: The contemporary Art of Flânerie, Neuberger Museum of Art, New York
    Signals in the Dark: Art in the Shadow of War, Blackwood Gallery, Curated by Séamus Kealy, University of Toronto at Mississauga, Canada (catalogue)
  • 2007 J’embrasse Pas, Collection Yvon Lambert, Avignon
    Passage du Temps, Collection François Pinault Foundation, Lille (catalogue)
    My Sweet Sixteen Party, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels
    Werchter Rock Festival, Amuseevous project, Werchter, Belgium
    Hidden Cities, Third International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, Rotterdam (catalogue)
    African Pavilion, 52nd Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy (catalogue)
    Global Cities, Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London
    L’emprise du lieu, curated by Daniel Buren , Domaine Pommery, Reims, France (catalogue)
    One Colour, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China
    The Freak Show, Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France (catalogue)
    Stock Zero, Or The Icy Water Of Egoistical Calculation, Nicolas Bourriaud, 2 Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow (catalogue)
    1 Biennal of the Canaries islands. Santa Cruz de Tenerife (catalogue)
    Emerging Wor(l)ds, The Prague Contemporary Art Festival, Prague
    Il faut rendre à Cézanne…, Collection Yvon Lambert, Avignon (catalogue)
  • 2006 Only the Paranoid Survive, HVCCA – Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, USA
    Being, In Brussels, Argos, Brussels (catalogue)
    SD Observatory, IVAM, Valencia, Spain (catalogue)
    HUMAN GAME, curated by Francesco Bonami, Fondazione Pitti Immagine, Stazione Leopolda, Florence,Italy (catalogue)
    A Fiction of Authenticity-Contemporary Africa Abroad, Blaffer Gallery-The Art Museum of the University of Houston, Houston, TX, USA
    One Star Stop, Galerie Erna HÈcey, Brussels, Belgium
    Take a Walk on the Wild Side, de Pury & Luxembourg, Zürich (catalogue)
    Images Publiques, 1ère Triennale d’art public, Liège, Belgium
    Ballkünstler, Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, Germany (catalogue)
    The Flip Book Show, Fotomuseum, Antwerp
    Taste. In Viaggio Con Le Diversità Del Gusto, Stazione Leopolda, Firenze