Bruce Clarke

Visual artist and photographer, Bruce Clarke was born in London in 1959 from South African parents. He now lives in France.


It was at the Fine Arts School at Leeds University in the 1980’s that he was initiated to the Art and Language movement around Michael Baldwin, David Bainbridge, Terry Atkinson, Harold Hurrell. In the wake of these pioneering conceptual artists, Clarke’s work engages with contemporary history, the writing and transmission of this history and hopes to stimulate thought on the contemporary world and its representations. Deeply anchored in a school of critical figuration, his artistic research integrates codes finally to use them to criticise and demystify structures of power and injustice.


Bruce Clarke became politically and artistically engaged in the struggle for change in South Africa during the period of apartheid. In parallel he followed the evolution of the situation in Rwanda and the planned and proclaimed genocide, participating in the creation of a collective for solidarity with the Rwandese people. It was whilst doing a photo reportage in Rwanda for this collective in the days following the end of the genocide that he realised the importance of art in the process of the conservation of memory and the writing of history. A few years later he started to work on the creation of a memorial site near Kigali, the Garden of Memory, a monumental installation project on-going since 2000, in close collaboration with survivors’ families, civil society associations and the Rwandese institutions as well as UNESCO. He later worked on a large scale mural project for the 20th commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda entitled Upright Men in Rwanda and elsewhere in the world (Ouidah, Geneva, Lausanne, Brussels, Paris, Montreal etc…).


As resident artist invited by the Conseil Général de Guadeloupe (French Caribbean), he produced an exhibition “Fragments of tomorrow’s History” relating the link between the slave trade, colonialism and globalisation.  Collaborator in the Lille based Fest-Africa organisation’s project on Rwanda: Write, Film, Paint in memory, he has also worked with the Afrika Cultural Centre in Johannesburg and led visual arts workshops in South Africa, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Benin, Tanzania, Zambia and France. In 2006 he published Dominations with Editions Homnisphères and Fantômes de la Mer with ARTCO (2016).


As a photographer, he has published photo reports on South Africa, the reconstruction of Rwanda, the return of Liberian refugees and Palestine. 


His work has been exhibited in Europe, in Africa and the United States.


 

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2018
Front Line,Espace Anis Gras, Arcueil, France
Alliance française de Lusaka, Zambia


2017
Living Memory and Upright Men, Coutances Museum, France


2016
Sea Ghosts, French Institue, Nouakchott, Mauritania


2015
Daily Violence,Multimedia centre Lormont, France


2014
Humanities, Gallery Out of Africa, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
En toute impunité, Gallery Les Naufragés du Temps, St Malo, France
Upright Men, Simultaneous exhibitions (Geneva, Lausanne, Paris, Brussels, Luxemburg, Kigali, Limoges, Liège…) for the 20thcommemoration of genocide in Rwanda


2013
Precarious Lives, Gallery Julio Gonzalez, Arceuil, France
Janus Gallery, Montreux, Switzerland
M.I.A. Gallery Seattle, United States
Body and Souls, Grenoble, France, Maison de l’International


2012
Artium Gallery, Luxemburg
Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin


2011
Who’s Afraid , Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris


2010
Neumünster Abby, Luxemburg
Artium Gallery, Luxemburg
Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, United States
Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France


2009
Geneva Book Fair, Switzerland


2007
Other(s),l’Art et la Paix Gallery, France


2006
Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France
Arcima Gallery, Paris, France
Troubled identity, mixed identity, Plein Sud Festival, Cozes, France


2005
Arrêt sur Image Gallery, Bordeaux, France


2004
I’m writing to you from the Garden of memory- installation, Dak’Art off, St Louis, Senegal
Les Naufragés du Temps Gallery, St Malo, France


2002
Fragments of tomorrow’s History, L’Artchipel, Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe


2001
Centre Rémy Nainsouta, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean.


2000
I’m writing to you from the Garden of memory- Installation, Gallery Porte 2a, Bordeaux, France
Château de St-Ouen, Saint-Ouen, France


1999
French Cultural Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
Fragments of History, Grenoble International, Grenoble, France


1997
Rayon Vert Gallery, Nantes, France
South African Embassy, Paris, France
Museum of Romans, Romans, France


1996
Marina Gallery, Avignon, France

2018
Art Paris 2018, Grand Palais, Paris
Fusions, avec Migrations Culturelles 2a (MC2a), Bordeaux, France


2017
Galerie Vallois, (with the artist Aston) Paris, France
Fantômes de la Mer, Gorée Island, in the festival « Regards sur Cours »


2016
AKAA Art Fair, Paris
Tribute to Dak’Art, Martigny, Switzerland
Sea Ghosts, Subabiennale, Dak’Art Off, Senegal,
Targets, ArtCo Gallery, Aachen, Germany
Cape Town Art Fair,Le Cap Johannesburg


2015
1:54 London, (with M.I.A. Gallery)
Africa/Africains, Museum Afrrobresil, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Global Topics,ArtCo Gallery, Aachen, Germany


2014
FNB Art Fair,Johannesburg


2013
Etonnants Voyageurs Festival,Saint-Malo, France


2012        
Iwalewa Haus– Bayreuth, Germany


2012
Boxe Boxe,
Fondation Blachère – Apt, France


2010    
Couleur Café Festival, Bruxelles, Belgium


2009        
Africajarc Festival, Carjac, France


2008        
Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France
Contemporary Art Fair, Espace Pierre Bergé, Bruxelles, Belgium


2007        
East African Biennale, Dar es Salam, Tanzania


2004-5     
La Galerie.be, Bruxelles, Belgium
Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France


2004        
Ephémère Gallery, Montigny-le-Tilleul, Belgium


2003      
L’Essor Gallery, Le Sentier, Switzerland


2002        
Dak’art Biennale, Dakar Senegal


2001        
Belfort Art and History Museum - with Edith Convert, Belfort, France
The Artist and the Real, Maison de la Culture de la Nièvre, Nevers, France


1998     
Kulturfabrik, Luxembourg


1995        
Africanités, Saintonge Gallery, Paris, France
Art’CRA, Accra, Ghana


1994
De l’Afrique à l’Afrique, Gallery Yahia, Tunis, Tunisia

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