Haroon Gunn-Salie


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‘Hacer Noche’ group exhibition in Mexico to feature Kendell Geers, David Goldblatt, Haroon Gunn-Salie, William Kentridge, and David Koloane

Hacer Noche is a new initiative bringing contemporary art and artists from Southern Africa to the town of Oaxaca in Mexico for a series of exhibitions, residencies, publications and a conference (10 November – 5 February). The project is the first of its kind to explore historic cross-cultural links between Mexico and Southern Africa through the lens of contemporary art. Hacer Noche explores this connection using the theme of death and differing understandings of its occurrence as a means for finding shared ways of relating to the history of these two postcolonial regions – prominently highlighted on the programme by William Kentridge’s danse macabre installation, More Sweetly Play the Dance, alongside work by Kendell Geers, David Goldblatt, Haroon Gunn-Salie, David Koloane and others.

Haroon Gunn-Salie is named winner of the 2018 FNB Art Prize and shows an extension of the 'Senzenina' project at the FNB Joburg Art Fair

As winner of the 2018 FNB Art Prize, Gunn-Salie realises an extension of his ongoing Senzenina project in the form of a site-specific installation at the Sandton Convention Center. Titled Senzenina – Reflection Space, the installation takes the form of a sparsely lit and acoustically treated booth. Within the booth, three benches are laid out in pews as an immersive 7.2-channel surround-soundscape transports viewers to the fateful day of the massacre through a schematic recreation of the scene from archival audio. The soundtrack itself includes calls for the mineworkers to disassemble peacefully, as the fortification of the surrounding area and entrapment of the workers by police can be heard beside the singing of an anti-apartheid freedom song lamented by the mineworkers moments before live ammunition was discharged. Altogether the audio-loop lasts 14-minutes, ending with a minute of silence and as the work’s title suggests: reflection.

Haroon Gunn-Salie on Frieze Sculpture 2018

Haroon Gunn-Salie’s sculptural memorial Senzenina has been selected for Frieze Sculpture, which opens in London’s Regent’s Park (5 July – 8 October). The work depicts 17 life-sized, hunched figures, modelled after the striking mine workers slain at Marikana in one of the most lethal uses of force by South African security forces against civilians since the 1960s. The work debuted earlier this year at the New Museum Triennial in New York. In an interview with the Cape Times, Gunn-Salie said that taking Senzenina to London is a crucial step given that the city is home to the head offices of Lonmin, the Marikana platinum mine operators. “This is an opportunity to take the unresolved issues to their doorstep,” said Gunn-Salie, “and it’s the next step of mobilisation, I believe.”

Various Goodman Gallery artists on exhibition about fashion in San Francisco

Five Goodman Gallery artists – Kudzanai Chiurai, Hasan and Husain Essop, Gabrielle Goliath, Haroon Gunn-Salie and Gerald Machona – exhibit work on the travelling exhibition, After the Thrill is Gone: Fashion, Politics, and Culture in Contemporary South African Art, at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco (28 March – 26 August). The exhibition features 14 artists who are using fashion, textile, and clothing to comment on social and political landscapes since 1994, to consider a feeling of lacking social change within the country, and to imagine new alternatives for South Africa’s future.

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  • Solo exhibitions

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / History after Apartheid / 2015

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / In the Viewing Room / 2014

    Group exhibitions

    Acts of Reading

    [South-South] Let me begin again / 2017

    In Context: Where We Are

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50

    Edge of Silence / 2015

    Other People's Memories / 2015

    The Poetry In Between: South-South / 2015

    [Working Title] 2013 Catalogue Launch / 2014

    Surfacing / 2014

    C-16 / 2013

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    Group Exhibitions

    Awards and Merits

    Academic Record and Residencies


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  • Videos

    Haroon Gunn Salie in Conversation with Prof Anitra Nettleton

    Zonnebloem Renamed

    Amongst Men - Film Documentation

  • Press for Haroon Gunn-Salie

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / The Star, Johannesburg / September 2015

    Finding the true heroes of apartheid by Ilanit Chernick (660.2 KB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / Sunday Times / September 2015

    Speak, Memorial by Tymon Smith (2.1 MB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / The Times / August 2015

    Breaking power into large art pieces by Sylvia Mckeown (536.5 KB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / Mail & Guardian / February 2018

    Artist tells what we have done, by Nadia Neophytou (758.7 KB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / New York Times / February 2018

    Meet Six Disrupters at the New Museum's Triennial, by Hilarie M. Sheets (389.2 KB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / Between 10 and 5 / South Africa / 30 June 2015

    Young South Africa: Haroon Gunn-Salie | It’s Time to Tell a New Story By Jessica Hunkin (1.3 MB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / The Star / South Africa / 23 June 2015

    Joburg's first magistrate tickled pink By IIanit Chernick (107 KB)

    Stormy Waters Notes from a super exhibition / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / 24 May 2015

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / 20 May 2015

    Venice Biennale: View from the ground By Jeremy Kruper (2.3 MB)

    South African Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale: Artists Announced / Art South Africa / South Africa / 17 April 2015

    South African Pavilion at 56th Venice Biennale: Artists Announced By Art South Africa (1.1 MB)

    Haroon Gunn Salie / News24 / South Africa / 7 May 2015

    Statues still cast sinister shadows, says Cape Town artist By Etheridge (182 KB)

    Artists explore Brazilian, SA parallels / Cape Times / South Africa / 19 January 2015

    Artists explore Brazilian SA parallels By Nicolette Dirk (4.3 MB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / Mail and Guardian / South Africa / April 30 - May 7 2015

    SA trips again on the steps of the Venice Biennale By Stefanie Jason (7.2 MB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / Cape Argus / South Africa / 28 April 2015

    Van Riebeeck lends a hand to help SA mould better future By Emily Huizenga (1 MB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / Cape Times / South Africa / 29 April 2015

    Molding 'vengeance' in soft 3D By Terri Dunbar-Curran (704.7 KB)

    Haroon Gunn - Salie / Cape Town Partnership / South Africa / 27 January 2015

    Making art in Cape Town By: Ambre Nicolson (311.2 KB)

    Surfacing / Cape Times / Cape Town / 2 April 2014

    Breaking Through Surfaces to Undeclared Spaces by Genna Gardini (3.5 MB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / Times Live / South Africa / 18 March 2014

    Art Spot: Picking Up The Pieces by Staff Writer (279.3 KB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / Cape Times / South Africa / 22 January 2014

    Being A 'Witness': Forced removals a central theme of artist's work by Genna Gardini (576.3 KB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / Mahala / South Africa / 5 September 2013

    No Man's Land by Rob Scher (1.9 MB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / The Star / South Africa / 9 December 2013

    Rapper P Diddy buys SA sculpture by Siyavuya Mzantsi (86.1 KB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / Wanted / South Africa / September 2013

    Young African Artists by Meredith Randall (5.3 MB)

    Haroon Gunn-Salie / The Cape Towner / South Africa / 15 November 2012

    Highlighting Heartbreak by Monique Duval (1.4 MB)