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Bruce Clarke

Born in 1959 - South Africa

BIOGRAPHY

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.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2013
Etonants Voyageurs, Festival Saint-Malo (France)
Janus Gallery, Montreux (Switzerland)
M.I.A Gallery, Seattle (US)

2012
Fondation Zinsou, Bénin
Artium Gallery, Luxembourg

2011
"Who's Afraid ?", Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris (France)

2010
Abbaye de Neumünster (Luxembourg)
Artium Gallery (Luxembourg)
Bekris Gallery, San Francisco (US)
Galerie St Pierre, Limoges (France)

2009
Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris (France)
Salon du Livre de Genève (Switzerland)

2008
Bibliothèque de Grenoble (France)
Institut Universitaire de Formation de Maîtres (IUFM), Rennes (France)

2007
Autre(s) Galerie l’Art et la Paix, Saint Ouen (France)

2006
Musée des Arts Derniers , Paris
Identités troubles, identités Métisses, Festival Plein Sud, Cozes (France)

2005
Galerie Arrêt sur Image, Bordeaux (France)

2004
“Je vous écris du Jardin de la Mémoire”, - installation, St Louis, Sénégal, Dak’Art off.
Galerie “Les Naufragés du Temps”, St Malo (France)

2003
“Je vous écris du Jardin de la Mémoire”, Installation, Espace 1789, St Ouen (France)

2002
Fragments d’une histoire de demain. L’Artchipel, Scène nationale, Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe (France)
Festival de Cinéma, Résistances, Thônes (France)
2001
Centre Rémy Nainsouta, Guadeloupe (France)

2000
“Je vous écris du Jardin de la Mémoire”, Installation, Galerie Porte 2a, Bordeaux (France)
Château de St-Ouen, Saint-Ouen (France)

1999
Centre Culturel Français, Kigali (Rwanda)
Fragments d’Histoire, Grenoble International, Ville de Grenoble (France)

1998
Galerie André Roussard, Paris (France)

1997
Galerie Rayon vert, Nantes (France)
Ambassade d’Afrique du Sud, Paris (France)
Musée de Romans, Romans (France)

1996
Galerie Marina, Avignon (France)

GROUP SHOWS

2012
Iwalewa Haus, Bayreuth (Germany)
Boxe, Boxe ! Fondation Blachère, Apt (France)

2010
Festival Couleur Café, Brussels (Belgium)

2009
Festival Africajarc, France (Belgium)

2008
Galerie des Arts Derniers, Paris (France)
Contemporary Art Fair, Espace Pierre Bergé, Brussels (Belgium)

2007
Biennale de Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania)

2006
Galerie Les Naufragés du Temps, Saint Malo (France)

2004-2005
La Galerie.be, Bruxelles, Brussels (Belgium)
Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris (France)

2004
Galerie Ephémère, Montigny-le-Tilleul (Belgium)

2003
Galerie L’Essor, Le Sentier (Switzerland)

2002
Dak’art Biennale de Dakar (Senegal)

2001
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)

1998
Kulturfabrik (Luxembourg)

1996-1999
“Regards Croisés”, exposition itinérante et collective sur l’Europe et le Sahel, Afrique Verte

1995
Africanités, Galerie Saintonge, Paris (France)
art’CRA, Accra, Ghana

1994
De l’Afrique à l’Afrique, Galerie Yahia, Tunis (Tunisia)

1992
Un art d’engagement, Ecole Polytechnique, Massy-Palaiseau (France)

1991
L’Art de l’Émigration, Valence (France)

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