Born in 1959 - South Africa
Bruce Clarke was born in 1959 in London. He studied Fine Arts at the Leeds University in Great Britain. Visual artist and photographer, now based in Paris, he has exhibited in France and abroad since 1989.
His art deals with contemporary history, the writing and transmission of this history. He would like to see his work as stimulating reflection on the world and the representation that is made of it. Recognizing that art provides a privileged domain of expression in a complex world, he situates himself outside of an overtly self-centred or over-personalized form of contemporary art, suggesting that one should not be a bystander in the face of history, but that individual activity can attempt to play a role in the making of that history.
He has collaborated with Fest'Africa in Lille, France on the project "Rwanda: Write, film, paint for memory", and with the Afrika Cultural Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. In 2002 he was artist in residence in Guadeloupe, French Caribbean at the invitation of the Conseil Général. The residence finished with a large exhibition entitled “Fragments of tomorrows history”, dealing with the intrinsic links between slavery, colonialism and globalisation.
He has created several posters for films, including “Fools”, 1997, “Silmandé”, 1998, “Edvard Munch”, 2004, “Retour à Gorée”, 2008, etc. As a photographer he has also published reportages on South Africa, Rwanda, the return of Liberian refugees, Palestine, etc. Involved as an activist in the anti-apartheid struggle, he has always tried to integrate political commitment in visual art research, placing his work in a current of critical figuration.
Author of the on-going project, "The Garden of Memory" a memorial sculpture for the victims of the genocide of the Tutsis in Rwanda. The project has received the supported of UNESCO and is being realized in partnership with the main associations of the civil society in Rwanda.
Etonants Voyageurs, Festival Saint-Malo (France)
Janus Gallery, Montreux (Switzerland)
M.I.A Gallery, Seattle (US)
Fondation Zinsou, Bénin
Artium Gallery, Luxembourg
"Who's Afraid ?", Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris (France)
Abbaye de Neumünster (Luxembourg)
Artium Gallery (Luxembourg)
Bekris Gallery, San Francisco (US)
Galerie St Pierre, Limoges (France)
Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris (France)
Salon du Livre de Genève (Switzerland)
Bibliothèque de Grenoble (France)
Institut Universitaire de Formation de Maîtres (IUFM), Rennes (France)
Autre(s) Galerie l’Art et la Paix, Saint Ouen (France)
Musée des Arts Derniers , Paris
Identités troubles, identités Métisses, Festival Plein Sud, Cozes (France)
Galerie Arrêt sur Image, Bordeaux (France)
“Je vous écris du Jardin de la Mémoire”, - installation, St Louis, Sénégal, Dak’Art off.
Galerie “Les Naufragés du Temps”, St Malo (France)
“Je vous écris du Jardin de la Mémoire”, Installation, Espace 1789, St Ouen (France)
Fragments d’une histoire de demain. L’Artchipel, Scène nationale, Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe (France)
Festival de Cinéma, Résistances, Thônes (France)
Centre Rémy Nainsouta, Guadeloupe (France)
“Je vous écris du Jardin de la Mémoire”, Installation, Galerie Porte 2a, Bordeaux (France)
Château de St-Ouen, Saint-Ouen (France)
Centre Culturel Français, Kigali (Rwanda)
Fragments d’Histoire, Grenoble International, Ville de Grenoble (France)
Galerie André Roussard, Paris (France)
Galerie Rayon vert, Nantes (France)
Ambassade d’Afrique du Sud, Paris (France)
Musée de Romans, Romans (France)
Galerie Marina, Avignon (France)
Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth (Germany)
Boxe, Boxe ! Fondation Blachère, Apt (France)
Festival Couleur Café, Brussels (Belgium)
Festival Africajarc, France (Belgium)
Galerie des Arts Derniers, Paris (France)
Contemporary Art Fair, Espace Pierre Bergé, Brussels (Belgium)
Biennale de Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania)
Galerie Les Naufragés du Temps, Saint Malo (France)
La Galerie.be, Bruxelles, Brussels (Belgium)
Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris (France)
Galerie Ephémère, Montigny-le-Tilleul (Belgium)
Galerie L’Essor, Le Sentier (Switzerland)
Dak’art Biennale de Dakar (Senegal)
Musée d’Art et d’Histoire de Belfort, Belfort, avec Edith Convert,
Galerie Agbé et Gbalicam, Paris (France)
L'Artiste Face au Réel, Maison de la Culture de la Nièvre (France)
“Regards Croisés”, exposition itinérante et collective sur l’Europe et le Sahel, Afrique Verte
Africanités, Galerie Saintonge, Paris (France)
art’CRA, Accra, Ghana
De l’Afrique à l’Afrique, Galerie Yahia, Tunis (Tunisia)
Un art d’engagement, Ecole Polytechnique, Massy-Palaiseau (France)
L’Art de l’Émigration, Valence (France)
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