Michael MacGarry is a multi-award winning visual artist and filmmaker based in Johannesburg. He holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the University of the Witwatersrand, where he is currently a PhD. candidate (History of Art). MacGarry is a fellow of the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) at the University of Cape Town and a recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2010. Michael’s political and poetic oeuvre is realised across a diverse range of media - including sculpture, photography, installation and film. His focus is on the tension between marginalised and so-called centralised narratives; the postmodern micro and the modern macro in spaces where contemporary life is in a state of invention and flux. Michael has exhibited internationally for more than ten years including TATE Modern, Guggenheim Bilbao, Kiasma Museum and Iziko South African National Gallery. He has published four monographs on his work. As a filmmaker, Michael has written and directed seven short films, having featured on more than 30 international film festivals and is a recipient of an El Ray Award - Excellence in Narrative Short Filmmaking (Barcelona Film Festival 2015), a finalist for the Huysmans Young African Filmmaker Award 2015 (Belgium) as well as Jury Awards from 19th VideoBrasil (Sao Paulo), K3 Internationales Film Festival (Austria) and 13th International Festival Signes de Nuit (Paris). alltheorynopractice.com SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2017 Show No Pain, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg. 2015 There’s an Animal Inside. 2013 As Above, So Below. Centre for Democracy, Cape Town. 2012 The Other Half. STEVENSON, Cape Town. 2011 Entertainment. STEVENSON, Johannesburg. 2010 END GAME. Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2010 (Visual Arts) Monument Gallery, Grahamstown. This is your world in which we grow, and we will grow to hate you. STEVENSON, Johannesburg. 2008 When enough people start saying the same thing. Art Extra, Johannesburg 2004 Or Until the World Improves The Premises Gallery, Johannesburg SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2017 Utopia/Dystopia, MAAT, Lisbon, Portugal 2015 Bronze, Steel & Stone, Everard Read, Johannesburg The Film Will Always Be You TATE Modern, London FNB Joburg Art Fair Making Africa. A Continent of Contemporary Design Curated by Okwui Enwezor and Amelie Klein Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, Germany Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain Africa: Architecture, Culture, Identity Curated by Mathias Ussing Seeberg Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark The Johannesburg Pavilion During the 56th la Biennale di Venezia,Venice, Italy Africa Salon Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA 2014 Half-Devil Half-Child Blank Projects, Cape Town Pop Goes the Revolution The New Church, Cape Town 2013 'MINE' – MC2a – MIGRATIONS CULTURELLES Aquitaine Afriques, Bordeaux, France 2012 Impakt Festival 2012 CBKU Utrecht, The Netherlands Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg 2011 Johannesburg Contested Terrains Tate Modern, London ARS 11 Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki, Finland 2010 Ampersand Damiler Art Collection, Berlin Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art Ffotogallery, Cardiff, U.K. 2009 Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham Why Not? Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin, Germany AWARDS: El Ray Award -‐ Excellence in Narrative Short Filmmaking, Barcelona Film Festival 2015 Huysmans Young African Filmmaker Award 2015 -‐ Finalist Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) Fellowship 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2010 (Visual Art) MTN New Contemporaries Award, 2008 -‐ Finalist Full Merit Scholarship, University of the Witwatersrand, 2005 National Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, 2004 Cum Laude, Dean’s Commendation, 2000 COLLECTIONS: Iziko South African National Gallery Seattle Art Museum Gordon Schachat Collection Hollard Collection Wits Art Museum South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) The New Church Museum Standard Bank of South Africa Johannesburg Art Gallery Numerous private collections.
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