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.
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