MICHAEL MACGARRY

BIOGRAPHY

MICHAEL MACGARRY
(b. 1978 Durban, South Africa)

“I am increasingly drawn to the narrative capacity of objects – especially those repurposed from my immediate surroundings, that morph from utility to aesthetic, through processes of grafting imaginary and visible realities – as embodying compound ideas and  multiple antecedents (both formally and conceptually) yet are not manifest. That is, in fact, resistant to overt communication. A process that dissects the works from both myself and the sum of their parts, forcing them – sometimes quite violently – to exist on their own terms, robbed of their former utility, and given new responsibilities."

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 centralized 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).

EDUCATION
2012    Fellow of the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) at University of Cape Town
2004    MFA (Distinction), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
2000    BFA (cum laude, Dean’s List), Technikon Natal, Durban, South Africa

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2021    Superstructure, Everard Read CIRCA, Johannesburg, South Africa
2018    A course sorting of the readily available, Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
           We are now, what you once were, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa
2017    SHOW NO PAIN, the collected film and video work of Michael MacGarry, Wits Art Museum,
           Johannesburg, South Africa
2016    Between Rot and Genesis, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015    There’s an Animal Inside, FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013    As Above, So Below, Centre for Democracy, Cape Town, South Africa
2012    The Other Half, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
2011    Entertainment, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
2010    END GAME, Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2010 (Visual Arts), Monument Gallery, Grahamstown,
           South Africa
           This is your world in which we grow, and we will grow to hate you, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
2008    When enough people start saying the same thing, Art Extra, Johannesburg, South Africa
2004    Or Until the World Improves, The Premises Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021         ARCOLisboa, with Everard Read, Lisbon, Portugal

                 In Conversation, Everard Read CIRCA, Cape Town

2020          Matereality, curated by Andrea Lewis, Iziko SA National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

                 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
                 Pentatonic Rubbernecking, with Jacob van Schalkwyk, GUS, Stellenbosch, South Africa
2019          Still here tomorrow to high five you yesterday, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa
                 Africa State of Mind, Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, USA; Royal West of England

                 Academy, Bristol & Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK
                 FNB Art Joburg, with Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa
                 Chinafrika, curated by Jochen Becker, Kunstraum, Konfuzius Institute, Nurnberg, Germany
                 In the Belly of the Whale, with Dale Adcock, Transition, London, UK
2018          Making Africa, curated by Okwui Enwezor & Amelie Klein, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas, USA
                 Flow of Forms, Völkerkundemuseum, Hamburg, Germany
2017          Off the wall, Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
                 Another Antipodes, PS Art Space, Fremantle, Australia
2016          Sub-Sahara: Accelerated Urbanism in Africa, Tel Aviv, Museum of Art, Israel
                 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, with Everard Read, Cape Town, South Africa
2015          Bronze, Steel & Stone, Everard Read, Johannesburg, South Africa
                 The Film Will Always Be You, TATE Modern, London, UK
                 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, 56th Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy
                 Africa Salon, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
2014          Half-Devil Half-Child, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
                 Pop Goes the Revolution, The New Church, Cape Town, South Africa
2013         'MINE' – MC2a – MIGRATIONS CULTURELLES, Aquitaine Afriques, Bordeaux, France
2012          Impakt Festival, CBKU, Utrecht, Netherlands
                 Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg,
                 South Africa
2011          Johannesburg Contested Terrains, Tate Modern, London, UK
                 ARS 11, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art Helsinki, Finland
2010          Ampersand, Daimler Art Collection, Berlin, Germany
                 Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, UK
                 Forex: This is our time, Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
2009          Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art, Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham
                 Why Not?, Kuckei + Kuckei, Berlin, Germany


AWARDS
Official Selection: Sea of Ash for Film Africa - the Royal African Society’s annual film festival - screened in competition for the Baobab Award for Best Short Film, 2016

Jury Award: Special Mention for Sea of Ash, 14th International Festival Zeichen der Nacht, Bangkok, Thailand 2016

El Ray Award -­ Excellence in Narrative Short Filmmaking, Barcelona Film Festival 2015

Jury Award: Special Mention for Excuse me while I disappear, 13th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris, France, 2015

Finalist Huysmans Young African Filmmaker Award 2015

Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts Fellowship 2012

Standard Bank Young Artist Award (Visual Art) 2010

MTN New Contemporaries Award 2008

Full Merit Scholarship, University of the Witwatersrand 2005

National Arts Council Individual Artist Grant 2004

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