Kendell Geers


Thursday, February 20, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

The work of South African artist Kendell Geers is often felt as an artistic response to horrid socio-political conditions, as it is deeply influenced by his identity as a white Afrikaner raised during apartheid in his native country. His practice is layered with ethical, spiritual, and aesthetic questions, exploring the boundaries of what is permissible and questioning the most basic concepts of identity, power, and language. The raw but poetic way in which Geers communicates both attracts and repulses, fascinates and awakens. He uses a wide variety of media, references, and strategies in a confrontational rather than dictatorial manner. Through this process the artist’s bright and dark sides are endlessly negotiated in an effort to find a balance between the beautiful and the dangerous.

Geers has shown in numerous international group exhibitions and extensively across Europe, including the African Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007) and Documenta 11 in Kassel, Germany (2002). Most recently, a retrospective of his work was exhibited at Haus der Kunst in Munich (2013).

Kendell Geers [MP3]

Kendell Geers' Website
Kendell Geers: 1988–2012 Retrospective, Haus der Kunst Site
Kendell Geers' Vimeo Tour of his Retrospective at Haus Der Kunst, 2013
Manifesta 9, FIRED UP, Kendell Geers' Artist Talk, 6/16/2012
Kendell Geers' Artist Page, Stephen Friedman Gallery


Other Chicago Engagements:

Kendell Geers and Rhoda Rosen
Saturday, February 22, 2014, 2:00 p.m.

Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.


Fuckface (Kendell Geers), 2007, C-print, 150 x 111cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Kendell Geers, Selfportrait, 1995, found object (original destroyed on TWA Flight 800), 5.5 x 11.6 cm. 
Courtesy of the artist
Kendell Geers, Bloody Hell, Version 2, 1990, C-print, 102 x 62cm. 
Courtesy of the artist
Kendell Geers, Temene, 2007, red neon, 2.5 meters diameter. Courtesy of the artist
Kendell Geers, Hanging Piece, 1993, bricks and rope, dimensions variable. 
© Max Geuter Kendell Geers, PostPunkPaganPop, 2008, labyrinth and razor mesh, 300 cm, overall dimension variable. 
© Max Geuter