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THE FIRE NEXT TIME

BRUCE CLARKE - THE FIRE NEXT TIME (ANGELA DAVIS) - 2017 -

ACRYLIC & COLLAGE ON CANVAS - 116 x 89 CM

EMBARGO ON HISTORY

BRUCE CLARKE - EMBARGO DE L'HISTOIRE / EMBARGO ON HISTORY (NELSON MANDELA)

2018 - WATERCOLOUR & COLLAGE ON PAPER - 70 x 50 CM

VOLATILE PRESENCE

BRUCE CLARKE - PRESENCE VOLATILE / VOLATILE PRESENCE (PHOOLAN DEVI)

2017 - WATERCOLOUR & COLLAGE ON PAPER - 70 x 50 CM

WHAT IS INDEPENDENCE

BRUCE CLARKE - L'INDEPENDANCE C'EST QUOI ? / WHAT IS INDEPENDANCE ?

(THOMAS SANKARA) - 2018 - WATERCOLOUR & COLLAGE ON PAPER - 70 x 50 CM

GHOSTS OF HISTORY

BRUCE CLARKE - FANTOMES DE L'HISTOIRE / GHOSTS OF HISTORY (FRANTZ FANON)

2017 - ACRYLIC & COLLAGE ON CANVAS - 116 X 89 CM

BACK HERE

BRUCE CLARKE - BACK HERE (PATRICE LUMUMBA)

2018 - WATERCOLOUR & COLLAGE ON PAPER - 70 x 50 CM

ONLY THE LONELY

BRUCE CLARKE - ONLY THE LONELY (EMMY PANKHURST)

2018 - WATERCOLOUR & COLLAGE ON PAPER - 70 x 50 CM

RAGE MACHINE

BRUCE CLARKE - RAGE MACHINE (LOUISE MICHEL)

2018 - WATERCOLOUR & COLLAGE ON PAPER - 70 x 50 CM

THE OBEDIENT NIGGER IS A MYTH

BRUCE CLARKE - LE NEGRE DOCILE EST UN MYTHE / THE OBEDIENT NIGGER IS A MYTH

2018 - WATERCOLOUR & COLLAGE ON PAPER - 70 x 50 CM

READY FOR THIS

BRUCE CLARKE - READY FOR THIS

2016 - WATERCOLOUR & COLLAGE ON PAPER - 55 X 90 CM

PARANOID DELUSIONAL

BRUCE CLARKE - PARANOID, DELUSIONAL

2017 - WATERCOLOUR & COLLAGE ON PAPER - 50 X 80 CM

ON THE BORDER

BRUCE CLARKE - ON THE BORDER

2015 - ACRYLIC & COLLAGE ON CANVAS - 120 X 120 CM

RUNNING ON THE LINE

BRUCE CLARKE - RUNNING ON THE LINE

2018 - ACRYLIC & COLLAGE ON CANVAS - 114 X 89 CM

LIVES

BRUCE CLARKE - DES VIES / LIVES

2017 - ACRYLIC & COLLAGE ON CANVAS - 130 X 81 CM

WERE YOU PRODUCTIVE

BRUCE CLARKE - WERE YOU PRODUCTIVE ?

2016 - WATERCOLOUR & COLLAGE ON PAPER - 55 X 90 CM

FALSE MEMORIES

BRUCE CLARKE - DES FAUX SOUVENIRS / FALSE MEMORIES

2018 - WATERCOLOUR & COLLAGE ON PAPER - 70 X 50 CM

CARRYING HEAVY WORDS

BRUCE CLARKE - CARRYING HEAVY WORDS (SUSPENSION)

2018 - ACRYLIC ON PAPER ON STRETCHER - 116 x 81 CM

FLEW IN

BRUCE CLARKE - FLEW IN (SUSPENSION)

2018 - ACRYLIC ON PAPER ON STRETCHER - 116 x 81 CM

WASTE IS BEAUTIFUL

BRUCE CLARKE - WASTE IS BEAUTIFUL (SUSPENSION)

2018 - ACRYLIC ON PAPER ON STRETCHER - 116 x 81 CM

DAYS OF WANDERING

BRUCE CLARKE - JOURS D'ERRANCE / DAYS OF WANDERING (SUSPENSION)

2018 - ACRYLIC ON PAPER ON STRETCHER - 116 x 81 CM

FEEL

BRUCE CLARKE - SENS / FEEL (SUSPENSION)

2018 - ACRYLIC ON PAPER ON STRETCHER - 116 x 81 CM

BRUCE CLARKE

Bruce Clarke - Running on the Line © Miki Yamanaka

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 (www.uprightmen.org) 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Selected Exhibitions

 

Solo exhibitions (selection)

 

2018 Front Line, Espace Anis Gras, Arcueil, France

2018 Alliance française de Lusaka, Zambie

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

2014 En toute impunité, Gallery Les Naufragés du Temps, St Malo, France

2014 Upright Men, Simultaneous exhibitions (Geneva, Lausanne, Paris, Brussels, Luxemburg, Kigali, Limoges, Liège…) for the 20th commemoration of genocide in Rwanda

2013 Precarious Lives Gallery Julio Gonzalez, Arceuil, France

2013 Janus Gallery, Montreux, Switzerland

2013 M.I.A. Gallery Seattle, United States

2013 Body and Souls, Grenoble, France, Maison de l’International

2012 Artium Gallery, Luxemburg

2012 Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou, Benin

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

2010 Neumünster Abby, Luxemburg

2010 Artium Gallery, Luxemburg

2010 Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, United States

2010 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

2006 Arcima Gallery, Paris, France

2006 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

2004 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

2000 Château de St-Ouen, Saint-Ouen, France

1999 French Cultural Centre, Kigali, Rwanda

1999 Fragments of History, Grenoble International, Grenoble, France

1997 Rayon Vert Gallery, Nantes, France

1997 South African Embassy, Paris, France

1997 Museum of Romans, Romans, France

1996 Marina Gallery, Avignon, France

 

Group exhibitions (selection)

 

2018 Art Paris 2018, Grand Palais, Paris

2018 Fusions, avec Migrations Culturelles 2a (MC2a), Bordeaux, France

2017 Galerie Vallois, (avec l'artiste Aston) Paris,

2017 Fantômes de la Mer, Gorée Island, in the festival « Regards sur Cours »

2016 AKAA Art Fair, Paris

2016 Tribute to Dak’Art, Martigny, Switzerland

2016 Sea Ghosts, Subabiennale, Dak’Art Off, Senegal,

2016 Targets, ArtCo Gallery, Aachen, Germany

2016 Cape Town Art Fair, Le Cap Johannesburg

2015 Africa/Africains, Museu Afrrobresil, Sao Paolo, Brazil

2015 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

2008 Contemporary Art Fair, Espace Pierre Bergé, Bruxelles, Belgium

2007 East African Biennale, Dar es Salam, Tanzania

2004-5 La Galerie.be, Bruxelles, Belgium

2004-5 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

2001 The Artist and the Real, Maison de la Culture de la Nièvre, Nevers, France

1998 Kulturfabrik, Luxembourg

1995 Africanités, Saintonge Gallery, Paris, France

1995 art’CRA, Accra, Ghana

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

 

 

 

 

 

Public Collections

 

Tilder Foundation, France

Zinsou Foundation, Cotonou, Benin

Contemporary Art Museum, Ouidah, Benin

Blachère Foundation, France

Artocarpe, Guadeloupe contemporary art museum, France

Cities of Paris, Bordeaux, Bègles, Arceuil, Vénissieux, France

Museum for Palestine, UNESCO, Paris