Kendell Geers was born in South Africa in 1968 and now lives and works in Brussels. His artistic practice covers a wide range of media, including installations, sculpture, drawing, video, performance, and photography.
Since the 1990s, his work has been firmly anchored in activism. Geers uses emblematic figures from art history, religious icons, and pornographic images to explore social limits. He is known for his vocabulary of barbed wire, barrels, truncheons, broken glass, and police tape—elements that convey a feeling of urgency.
His work never fails to reflect strong desires and violent impulses. His work also inverts order and morality, whether in the form of belief systems or social and political ideologies, while also shining a light on the mechanisms of the human psyche. He is one of the most frequently exhibited artists of his generation. His works are part of sixty permanent museum collections and since 1988 he has taken part in more than four hundred exhibitions all around the world.
/ Fin de Partie, Galleria Continua, Beijing, China.
/ Guest editor of Be Contemporary Magazine.
/ N.7, Summer, 184 pages, France, June.
/ 7+1 Project Room, The Terrorist’s Apprentice + T.W.(Rock).
/ Marco Museo de Arte Contemoranea de Vigo, Vigo.
/ PostPunkPaganPop, published on the occasion of the show ‘PosPunkPaganPop’ at de Pury &
Luxembourg in Zürich, 2 June-16 August 2008.
/ Irrespektiv, designed by Base design and published by BOM Publishers in cooperation with SMAK(Ghent), B.P.S.22 (Charleroi), Baltic (Gateshead), MOCA (Lyon) and MART (Trento), 296 pages,ISBN 978-84-934879-5-9, Barcelona, August.
/ Between Good and Evil, Center for Contemporary Art, CCA Kitakyushu, Japan.
/ Point Blank, Imschoot Uitgevers, Ghent, Belgium.
/ The Forest of Suicides, MACRO, Roma, May 2004.
/ Fingered, Tikiriki Publications, Brussels, Belgium, edited by Kurt Vanbelleghem, February 2005.
/ The Plague is me, Onestar Press, Paris, France.
/ My Tongue in Your Cheek, Les presses du Réel, Réunion des Musées Nationaux, France, January 2002.
/ Argot, Chalkham Hill Press, Johannesburg, South Africa.
ICA, Philadelphia, USA; MMK, Frankfurt, Germany; Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany; World Jewellery Museum, Seoul,Korea; La Maison Rouge, Paris, France; ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Aarhus, Denmark; MOLAA, Long Beach, USA;Socio-Political Contemporary Art Museum, Israel; Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, Switzerland; MAXXI, Roma, Italy; TheMuseum of Fine Art in Bern, Bern, Switzerland; Middelheimmuseum, Antwerp, Belgium; Het Modemuseum Hasselt,Belgium; Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; MART, Trento, Italy; MOCA, Lyon, France; MARCO, Vigo, Spain;MAK, Vienna, Austria; Jerusalem’s Museum on the Seam, Israel; Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, USA; S.M.A.K,Gent, Belgium; Tate Modern, London, U.K; IVAM, Valencia, Spain; Blaffer Gallery-The Art Museum of the Universityof Houston, Houston, USA; Museum der Bildenden Künste Leipzig, Germany; Fotomuseum, Antwerp, Belgium;Kunsthalle, Wien, Austria; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, USA; Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA;Centre Pompidou, Paris, France; MACRO Museum, Roma, Italy; MNAC, Bucharest, Romania; The cultural Olympiadand the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece; Stedelijk Musea Kortrijk, Kortrijk, Belgium; PeabodyEssex Museum, Massachusetts, USA; Westfälisches Landesmuseum für kunst und kulturgeschichte, Münster,Germany; Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden, Germany; MUHKA, Antwerp, Belgium; Cranbrook Art Museum,USA; Migros Museum, Zurich, Switzerland; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece ; Museum forAfrican Art, New York, USA; Haghia Sophia Museum, Turkey; New Museum, New York, USA; Contemporary ArtMuseum, St Louis, USA; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, U.K; PS1, New York, USA ;Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland; Museum VillaStuck, Munich, Germany; Le Consortium, Dijon, France; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, the Netherlands; SouthAfrican National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa; ARCO, Madrid, Spain; Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; NationalMuseum, Accra, Ghana; Museo de la Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico; Queens Museum of Art, New York, USA; PretoriaArt Museum, Pretoria, South Africa.