Vincent Bezuidenhout is a South African born artist whose work spans image-making and investigative documentary practices. His research-based process employs narratives and histories to examine the psychology of power in relation to identity.

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). Recent group exhibitions includes Imagined Communities, Nationalism & Violence, Rubber Factory, NYC (2017), RE 21: This is Not Here,  New York City, U.S.A. (2018), and Addis PhotoFest, Ethiopia, 2018.


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. 




Status, curated by Zahra Banyamerian, New York City, U.S.A.

Unforseen Landscapes, PH Centre, Cape Town, South Africa..


Addis Photo Fest, curated by Aida Muluneh, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

RE 21: This is Not Here, curated by Efrem Zelony-Mindell, New York City, U.S.A.

Lights from the Island – Luces desde la Isla, The General Consulate of Colombia in New York, U.S.A.


Imagined Communities, Nationalism & ViolenceRubber Factory, New York City.

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

Photo London, London, U.K.

Anomalies, Semaphore Gallery, Switzerland.

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


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.


Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa.

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


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.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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


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




New York Foundation for the Arts: Immigrant Artist Mentor Program


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

Goethe Institut Individual Project Funding.


Sasol New Signatures, South Africa (finalist).


Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Bursary.

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

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


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


NRF University Research Grant (University of Cape Town). 

Harry Crossley Fund (University of Cape Town). 


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. 


Sasol New Signatures, South Africa (finalist).

ABSA L'Atelier, South Africa (finalist).

Sanlam Vuleka, South Africa (finalist). 


Prix De La Photographie, Paris (finalist).

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




PhotoGlobal Residency, School of Visual Arts, New York


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


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


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

Master class - photographic curation and exhibition management, with William A. Ewing and Pascal Hufschmidt

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



School of Visual Arts, New York City

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

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa 

Wits School of Art, Johannesburg, South Africa

Cape Town School of Photography, South Africa

Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town, South Africa



Without Walls: South Africa at Performa 17, Artthrob, South Africa (ONLINE).


Makube Njalo: Athi-Patra Ruga’s ‘Over the Rainbow, Artthrob, South Africa (ONLINE).

She Watches Over, Vincent Bezuidenhout, Chad Rossouw, University Of Cape Town, Catalogue (PDF).


Rewriting History: Kemang Wa Lehulere’s History Will Break Your Heart, Artthrob, South Africa (ONLINE).

Regarding the censorship of the work Banned, BODA BODA LOUNGE PROJECT: From Space (Scope) to Place (Position): 26 (ONLINE).


Separate Amenities: Topographics of Recreational Spaces in South Africa University Of Cape Town, 170 pages (PDF).


The Tierney Fellowship: Vincent Bezuidenhout, Juan Orrantia and Thabiso Sekgala. Blurb, 65 pages (PDF).


Rituals of Recreation, The Photographic Angle, U.K. 



Broomberg, Chanarin (eds.) 2019, Der Greif, Issue 12, Germany.


Bezuidenhout, V. 2018, Themeless. Voltface.onlineVolume 1, [ONLINE]

Der Grief: Guest Room with curator Monica Allende, October, 2018. [ONLINE]


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].


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].


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. 


Ons Klyntji, August 2013, South Africa: 133. 

Domus Magazine, June 2013, Italy. 

ABSA L'Atelier, South Africa: 24-25.


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.


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. 


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 


ABSA L'Atelier, South Africa.

Sasol New Signatures, South Africa: 13. 


Itch, Bell Roberts Publishers, South Africa.

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


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


Cape Town Month of Photography, South Africa: 30.


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