BIO

Vincent Bezuidenhout is a multi-disciplinary artist specialising in lens-based media. Growing up during the death throes of apartheid in South Africa, his research intensive practise is informed by his past, focused on concerns regarding identity in relation to the psychology of power, and the validity of memory relative to history.

He has been awarded grants and fellowships from The National Arts Council of South Africa, The Goethe Institut, The Tierney Fellowship, Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, School of Visual Arts - NYC and the National Research Foundation of South Africa. Residencies include the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris and Photoglobal at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Bezuidenhout holds a Master’s Degree in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, is a published writer, and have lectured widely.

Solo exhibitions include Separate Amenities at Whatiftheworld, Cape Town (2012) and Fail Deadly at Goethe On Main, Johannesburg (2016). Bezuidenhout has been included in numerous group exhibitions, including Morse Code: Distress Call, Returning to Sender, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2014), SITE: Photography and National Trauma in South Africa, US Gallery, Stellenbosch (2014), Biennale Boda Boda Lounge Intercontinental Video Project (2014/16) and Another Antipodes - Emerging Contemporary Art from Southern Africa, Australia (2017).  Permanent collections include Stellenbosch University Museum, Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art and the South African National Association for the Visual Arts. He currently lives and works between Cape Town and New York City.

EDUCATION 

2014 Photoglobal, School of Visual Arts, New York.

2012 Master of Fine Arts, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa. 

2000 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, South Africa. 

 

EXHIBITIONS 

2017

Another Antipodes - Emerging Contemporary Art from Southern Africa, Australia.

Photo London, with Mario Macalau, London, U.K.

Anomalies, Semaphore Gallery, Switzerland.

PhotoLA, Curated by Penelope Umbrico, Los Angeles, U.S.A.

2016

Future Isms, Humble Arts Foundation, New York City, U.S.A.

2nd Biennale Boda Boda Lounge Intercontinental Video Project : Ethiopia, Mail, Senegal, DRC, South Africa, 

Egypt, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Angola, Cote d'Ivoire and Uganda. 

100 Geographies, Stellenbosch University Museum, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Nothing is Impossible, No Show Museum, New York, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Detroit, 

Chicago, St. Louis, Denver, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Fail Deadly, Goethe on Main, Johannesburg, South Africa.

She Watches Over, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

2015

Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa.

The Persistence of Memory, Untitled, Cape Town, South Africa.

2014 

PhotoGlobal 2007 – 2014, SVA Gramercy Gallery, New York City.

Boda Boda Lounge, Intercontinental Video Project: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, 

South Africa, Egypt, Mali, Nigeria, Angola, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Uganda. 

Morse Code: Distress Call, Returning to Sender, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. 

I Take It All Back, Nirox Projects, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Gesture, US Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Gesture, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg.

SITE: Photography and National Trauma in South Africa, US Gallery, Stellenbosch. 

PHOTOGLOBAL New Releases, Site 109, New York.

Neighbouring Walls ♯3, Human, Brooklyn, New York.

Neighbouring Walls ♯5, Rugged, YouMeHaus, New York.

2013

Cape Town Art Fair, South Africa. 

NYC25, Westwood Gallery, New York. 

An Exhibition of Past Recipients: The Tierney Fellowship, Photoville, New York.

ABSA ‘L Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Pentimenti & More, Art. b Gallery, South Africa.

New Beginnings, Art. b Gallery, South Africa. 

2012

Exposure Now, Merchants on Long, Cape Town Month of Photography. 

Joburg Fringe, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

MFA Grad Show, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. 

Speke Photographic, Circa on Jellicoe, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

2011 

Separate Amenities, Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. 

Separate Amenities, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Tierney Fellowship Exhibition, The New York Photo Festival, Brooklyn, New York.

Heimlich Maneuver’s, Michaelis MFA Exhibition, Michaelis Gallery, South Africa. 

What Matters Now? Proposals for a new front page, Aperture Foundation, New York. 

2010

ABSA L'Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Scope Miami, Miami, U.S.A. 

This Is Not Final, Michaelis Gallery, Cape Town and Substation Gallery, Johannesburg. 

2009

ABSA L'Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

London Calling, Scream Gallery, London.

Sasol New Signatures, South Africa.

Sanlam Vuleka, Art. b Gallery, South Africa. 

2008 

Bridge Art Fair '08, Miami, U.S.A.

2005 

Nature Morte, Cape Town Month of Photography, Cape Town. 

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS 

2017

New York Foundation for the Arts: Immigrant Artist Mentor Program

2016 

National Arts Council of South Africa: Visual Arts Project Funding. 

Goethe Institut Individual Project Funding.

2015

Sasol New Signatures, South Africa (finalist).

2013

Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Bursary.

Tierney Family Foundation Award, School of Visual Arts, New York.

ABSA L'Atelier, South Africa (top ten finalist). 

2012

National Arts Council of South Africa: Visual Arts Project Funding. 

2011 

NRF University Research Grant (University of Cape Town). 

Harry Crossley Fund (University of Cape Town). 

2010 

Tierney Fellowship recipient. 

Harry Crossley Fund (University of Cape Town).

ABSA L'Atelier, South Africa (top ten finalist).

Jules Kramer Music & Fine Art Grant (University of Cape Town).

National Arts Council of South Africa: Fine Art Bursary.

Art Association of Bellville: Student Bursary. 

2009 

Sasol New Signatures, South Africa (finalist).

ABSA L'Atelier, South Africa (finalist).

Sanlam Vuleka, South Africa (finalist). 

2007 

Prix De La Photographie, Paris (finalist).

International Photography Awards (Lucie’s - Highly Commended). 

 

TALKS

Wits School of Art, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cape Town School of Photography, South Africa

Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town, South Africa

Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

School of Visual Arts, New York City

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY 

2016 

African Photography Initiatives, Multiple Gazes of a Country’s Photographed Past, October 2016:76-79.

Smith, Tymon. Fail Deadly - Tödliches Versagen und Ende der Diskussion,  Afrika Süd, 45/5, September/October 2016, Germany: 31-32.

Ons Klyntji, August 2016, South Africa.

Smith, Tymon. Vincent Bezuidenhout’s ‘Fail Deadly. Artthrob, July 22,  [ONLINE].

Van Der Merwe, M. Weapon of Mass Instruction: Apartheid SA’s nuclear arsenal in mixed media, Daily Maverick, 22 JUL 2016, [ONLINE].

2015

Pelser, M. & Elmaleh, L. (eds.), 2015, The Tierney Fellowship, U.S.A: The Tierney Family Foundation, 100-101.

Kala, E. (Ed). Boda Boda Lounge Project: From Space (Scope) to Place (Position), 2015, South Africa: 26-27, [ONLINE].

2014

Fototazo: Dialogues, from Africa: Juan Orrantia and Vincent Bezuidenhout, Colombia, [ONLINE]

Bélanger, P. Between the Tides of Apartheid. Harvard Design Magazine, No. 39, Winter, Cambridge: Harvard University Press: 162 [ONLINE].

ITCH, The Creative Journal. Issue 13, Detection, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Ons Klyntji, August 2014, South Africa: 118.

The Visual Opinion, Vol. 9, Issue 4, School of Visual Arts, New York: 7-8. 

2013 

Ons Klyntji, August 2013, South Africa: 133. 

Domus Magazine, June 2013, Italy. 

-ABSA L'Atelier, South Africa: 24-25.

2012

The Visual Opinion, Vol. 9, Issue 4. School of Visual Arts, New York: 50-51. 

Blackman, M. A Tale of Two Systems, Art Review, September 2012, U.K.: 108.

Art Times, June 2012, South Africa: 20.

Masters Grad Show, A selection of work from participating MFA Graduates, Michaelis -School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa: 1-4.

Photo District News, Spring 2012, U.S.A.: 23.

2011 

Hunter Magazine, Issue19/ Autumn Winter 2011, Italy: 166-137.

Heimlich Maneuver’s, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa: 10-13. 

2010 

ABSA L'Atelier, South Africa: 38,44.

Michaelis/Wits MFA Exhibition, This is not final, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa 

2009 

ABSA L'Atelier, South Africa.

Sasol New Signatures, South Africa: 13. 

2008

Itch, Bell Roberts Publishers, South Africa.

AOP Assistant Awards, The Association of Photographers, U.K.: 32. 

2007 

AOP Open, The Association of Photographers, U.K.

2005 

Cape Town Month of Photography, South Africa: 30.

2001

SAPHOTO Magazine, Breaking Away From Tradition, July/August, South Africa: 20-22. 

 

RESIDENCIES AND SYMPOSIUMS 

2013 

PhotoGlobal Residency, School of Visual Arts, New York. 

2012

Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (Artist in Residence). 

2011 

Tierney Fellowship Masterclass, Cape Town. With Penny Siopis, Jane Alexander, Dave Southwood, Michael Godby and Paul Weinberg. 

2010 

29th Bienal de Sáo Paulo, Sáo Paulo, Brazil (Jules Kramer Travel Award). 

Tierney Fellowship Masterclass, Johannesburg. With David Goldblatt, Santu Mofokeng, Roger Ballen and Mikael Subotsky. 

Masterclass - photographic curation and exhibition management. With William A. Ewing and Pascal Hufschmidt, Musée de l’ Élysée, Switzerland. 

2010 

DAAD (The German Academic Exchange Service) Masterclass. With Phil Collins and Renata Lucas.