Selected Works

Zonnebloem Renamed, 2013

Zonnebloem renamed - Nelson Mandela-Upper Searle, 2013
Diasec mounted lightjet print
53 x 80 cm
Sunday Best (bronze), 2014
56 (h) x 44 (w) x 96 (l) cm
Amongst Men, 2014
150 M1 casts with marble aggregate and fiber-glass blanket, gut, sound element
Half-Mast, 2014
M1 marble and fiber-glass aggregate casts with automotive paint and steel cables
Work: 48.5 x 80 cm
Kom Oor Die See, 2014
24 x 238cm
Soft Vengeance (Paul Kruger), 2015
Reinforced urethane
138 x 132 x 45cm
Soft Vengeance (Carl von Brandis), 2015
Reinforced urethane
Work: 115 x 82 x 89 cm
Soft Vengeance (Cecil John Rhodes), 2015
Reinforced urethane
Soft Vengeance (Bartolomeu Dias), 2015
Reinforced urethane
Work: 88 x 70 x 80 cm
Soft Vengeance (Jan van Riebeeck), 2015
Reinforced urethane
198 x 117 x 43cm
On the Line 1, 2016
Pair of bronze-plated shoes
Work: 78 x 32 x 29 cm
On the Line 4, 2016
Pair of shoes bronze plated
63 x 26 x 29cm
On the Line 6, 2016
Pair of shoes bronze plated
50 x 26 x 29cm
Prophecy - Agridoce series,
Installation, M1 casts
Senzenina, 2018
Sculptural installation with sound element, 17 life-size crouching figures cast in Bronze
Each figure appox: 70.1 x 100.1 cm
A Weekly Homecoming , 2012
Dibond cotton rag print
36.6 x 55cm


Haroon Gunn-Salie (b. 1989, Cape Town) translates community oral histories into artistic interventions and installations. His multidisciplinary practice utilises a variety of mediums, drawing focus to forms of collaboration in contemporary art based on dialogue and exchange. Gunn-Salie completed his BA Honours in sculpture at Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2012, where his graduate exhibition titled Witness presented a site-specific body of work focusing on still unresolved issues of forced removals under apartheid. The artist worked with veteran residents of District Six, an area in central Cape Town where widespread forced removals occurred following the Group Areas Act of 1950.

Significant exhibitions and projects that have featured Gunn-Salie’s work include: Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89-plus project, for which he participated in the 89plus programme with Obrist at the 2014 Design Indaba in Cape Town; Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design, which travelled to the Vitra Design Museum and Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (2015); What Remains is Tomorrow, the South African Pavilion at La Biennale di Venezia (2015); and the 19º Festival de Arte Contemporânea Sesc Videobrasil (2015).

Gunn-Salie was placed in the top five of the Sasol new signatures competition in 2013. At the 19º Festival de Arte Contemporânea Sesc Videobrasil in 2015 he was awarded the first ever SP-Arte/Videobrasil prize, designed to encourage and publicise the work of young artists whose lines of research focus on the debate surrounding the Global South. As part of the award, Gunn-Salie presented a solo exhibition at Galpão VB during the SP-Arte fair in São Paulo in 2016. In 2018, the artist’s work commemorating the Marikana Massacre, Senzenina, formed part of the Frieze Sculpture exhibition, London, and in the same year he was the recipient of the FNB Art Prize.

Haroon Gunn-Salie is currently based between Cape Town and Johannesburg.


Haroon Gunn Salie
In Conversation with Prof. Anitra Nettleton
August 2015
For the exhibition History After Apartheid
4 minutes 27 seconds