Bruce Clarke


1508 bruce 01Visual artist and photographer, Bruce Clarke was born in London in 1959 from <south African parents. He now lives in France.
It was at the Fine Arts School at Leeds University in the 1980’s that he was initiated to the Art and Language movement around Michael Baldwin, David Bainbridge, Terry Atkinson, Harold Hurrell. In the wake of these pioneering conceptual artists, Clarke’s work engages with contemporary history, the writing and transmission of this history and hopes to stimulate thought on the contemporary world and its representations. Deeply anchored in a school of critical figuration, his artistic research integrates codes finally to use them to criticize and demystify structures of power and injustice.

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Bruce Clarke became politically and artistically engaged in the struggle for change in South Africa during the period of apartheid. In parallel he followed the evolution of the situation in Rwanda and the planned and proclaimed genocide, participating in the creation of a collective for solidarity with the Rwandese people. It was whilst doing a photo reportage in Rwanda for this collective in the days following the end of the genocide that he realised the importance of art in the process of the conservation of memory and the writing of history. A few years later he started to work on the creation of a memorial site near Kigali, the Garden of Memory, a monumental installation project on-going since 2000, in close collaboration with survivors’ families, civil society associations and the Rwandese institutions as well as UNESCO. He later working on a large scale mural project for the 20th commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda entitled Upright Men (www.uprightmen.org) in Rwanda and elsewhere in the world (Ouidah, Geneva, Lausanne, Brussels, Paris, Montreal etc…)

As resident artist invited by the Conseil Général de Guadeloupe (French Caribbean), he produced an exhibition “Fragments of tomorrow’s History” relating the link between the slave trade, colonialism and globalisation. Collaborator in the Lille based Fest-Africa organisation’s project on Rwanda: Write, Film, Paint in memory, he has also worked with the Afrika Cultural Centre in Johannesburg and led visual arts workshops in South Africa, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Benin, Tanzania and France. In 2006 he published Dominations with Homnisphères publishing house.

As a photographer, he has published photo reports on South Africa, the reconstruction of Rwanda, the return of Liberian refugees and Palestine.

His work has been exhibited in Europe, in Africa and the United States.)

Solo exhibitions (selection)

- Voices, Galerie Carole Kvasnevski, Paris
- Ses Ghosts, Alliance française Joahnnesburg
- Predators and Other Friends, Galerie Art-Z, Paris
- Lifting the Veil, Royal Theatre of Marrakech, Morocco
- Birth of an Icon, Kloser Contemporary Art, Antwerp, Belgium 
-- Front Lin, espace Anis Gras, Arcueil, France 
- Alliance française de Lusaka, Zambia
- Sea Ghosts, Artco Gallery, Aachen 
- New Horizons, cloître des Billettes, Paris
- Living Memory and Upright Men, Coutances Museum, France
- Sea Ghosts, French Institue, Nouakchott, Mauritania
- Daily Violence, Multimedia centre Lormont, France
- Humanities Gallery Out of Africa, Sitges, Barcelona, Spain
- En toute impunité, Gallery Les Naufragés du Temps, St Malo, France
- Upright Men, Simultaneous exhibitions (Geneva, Lausanne, Paris, Brussels, Luxemburg, Kigali, Limoges, Liège…) for the 20th commemoration of genocide in Rwanda
- Precarious Lives Gallery Julio Gonzalez, Arceuil, France
- Janus Gallery, Montreux, Switzerland
- M.I.A. Gallery Seattle, United States
- Body and Souls, Grenoble, France, Maison de l’International
- Artium Gallery, Luxemburg
- Fondation Zinsou, Benin
- Who’s Afraid , Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris
- Neumünster Abby, Luxemburg
- Artium Gallery, Luxemburg
- Bekris Gallery, San Francisco, United States
- Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France
- Geneva Book Fair, Switzerland
- Other(s), l’Art et la Paix Gallery, France
- Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France
- Arcima Gallery, Paris, France
- Troubled identity, mixed identity, Plein Sud Festival, Cozes, France
- Arrêt sur Image Gallery, Bordeaux, France
- I’m writing to you from the Garden of memory – installation, Dak’Art off, St Louis, Senegal
- Les Naufragés du Temps Gallery, St Malo, France
- Union des Arts Plastiques, Guest artist, St-Etienne-du-Rouvray, France
- Fragments of tomorrow’s History, L’Artchipel, Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe
- Centre Rémy Nainsouta, Guadeloupe, French Caribbean.
- I’m writing to you from the Garden of memory – Installation, Gallery Porte 2a, Bordeaux, France
- Château de St-Ouen, Saint-Ouen, France
- French Cultural Centre, Kigali, Rwanda
- Fragments of History, Grenoble International, Grenoble, France
- Rayon Vert Gallery, Nantes, France
- South African Embassy, Paris, France
- Museum of Romans, Romans, France
- Marina Gallery, Avignon, France

Group exhibitions (selection)

- Urban Art Fair
- Art Paris 2018, Grand Palais, Paris
- Fusions, avec Migrations Culturelle 2a (MC2a), Bordeaux, France
- Galerie Vallois, (avec l'artiste Aston) paris
- Sea Ghosts, Gorée Island, in the Festival "Regards sur Cours)
- AKAA Art Fair, Paris
- Tribute to Dak’Art, Martigny, Switzerland
- Sea Ghosts, Subabiennale, Dak’Art Off, Senegal,
- Targets, ArtCo Gallery, Aachen, Germany
- Cape Town Art Fair, Le Cap Johannesburg
- Africa/Africains, Museu Afrrobresil, Sao Paolo, Brazil
- Global Topics, ArtCo Gallery, Aachen, Germany
- FNB Art Fair, Johannesburg
- Etonnants Voyageurs Festival, Saint-Malo, France
- Iwalewa Haus – Bayreuth, Germany
- Boxe Boxe, Fondation Blachère – Apt, France
- Couleur Café Festival, Bruxelles, Belgium
- Africajarc Festival, Carjac, France
- Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France
- Contemporary Art Fair, Espace Pierre Bergé, Bruxelles, Belgium
- East African Biennale, Dar es Salam, Tanzania
- -5 La Galerie.be, Bruxelles, Belgium
- -5 Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France
- Ephémère Gallery, Montigny-le-Tilleul, Belgium
- L’Essor Gallery, Le Sentier, Switzerland
- Dak’art Biennale, Dakar Senegal
- Belfort Art and History Museum – with Edith Convert, Belfort, France
- The Artist and the Real, Maison de la Culture de la Nièvre, Nevers, France
- Kulturfabrik, Luxembourg
- Africanités, Saintonge Gallery, Paris, France
- art’CRA, Accra, Ghana
- De l’Afrique à l’Afrique, Gallery Yahia, Tunis, Tunisia

Public collections

Museu Afro-Brasil, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Tilder Foundation, France
Zinsou Foundation, Cotonou, Benin
Contemporary Art Museum, Ouidah, Benin
Blachère Foundation, France
Tilder Foundation, France
Artocarpe, Guadeloupe contemporary art museum, France
Cities of Paris, Bordeaux, Bègles, France
Museum for Palestine, UNESCO, Paris

Interviews in English (selection)

Thinking Africa

Short film

Words aren’t enough

Artworks for sale

. Bruce Clarke - Series "Predators" - Des violences - 2019 - 50cm H x 70cm W - Watercolour & collage on card - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Series "Predators" - It's play time - 2019 - 70cm H x 45cm W - Watercolour & collage on card - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Series "Predators" - Last man - 2019 - 65cm H x 55cm W - Watercolour & collage on card - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Series "Predators" - If Suddenly - 2018 - 89cm H x 116cm W - Acrylic and collage on canvas - SOLD - INFO
. Bruce Clarke - Series "Predators" - Survivors on the run - 2019 - 89cm H x 116cm W - Acrylic and collage on canvas - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Series - Predators - In the Storm - 2019 - 89cm H x 116cm W - Acrylic and collage on canvas - SOLD - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - On the border - 2015 - 120cm x 120cm - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 7.300€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Soft Targets - 2014 - 110cm x 110cm - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 6.800€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - La réalité n'est pas lisse - 2007 - 140cm x 140cm - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 7.300€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - La fin des haricots - 2012 - 280cm H x 100cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 14.000€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - L'indicible - 2013 - 400cm H x 200cm W (2 paintings 200cm x 200cm) - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 24.000€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Daily Violence - 2014 - 197cm H x 114cm L - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 10.000€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - A qui la faute? - 2017 - 73cm H x 114cm W - Acrylic on canvas - Price: 6.000€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Une vie - 2016 - 50cm H x 70cm W - Watercolour and collage on paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Sous tension (Nyabarongo) - 2016 - 40cm H x 90cm W - Watercolour and collage on paper - Price: 2.200€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Prédateur 3 - 2016 - 50cm H x 70cm W - Watercolour and collage on paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Paysage après le massacre (Bugasera) - 2016 - 40cm H x 90cm W - Watercolour and collage on paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Paranoid, delusional - 2015 - 50cm H x 80cm W - Watercolour and collage on paper - Price: 2.200€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Marche forcée - 2017 - 50cm H x 70cm W - Watercolour and collage on paper - Price : 1.800€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Les mots creux - 2016 - 50cm H x 70cm W - Watercolour and collage on paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - L'autodestruction - 2016 - 50cm H x 70cm W - Acrylic and collage on paper - SOLD - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Landscape after the massacre - 2016 - 40cm H x 90cm W - Watercolour and collage on paper - Contact for price - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Finding it's Voice - 2014 - 55cm x 55cm Watercolour and collage on paper - Framed - Price: 1.100€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Comédie radicale - 2017 - 50cm H x 80cm W - Watercolour and collage on paper - Framed - Price: 2.100€ - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - Big Bad Wolf - 2015 - 50cm H x 65cm W - Watercolour and collage on paper - Framed - SOLD - INFO
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. Bruce Clarke - "Dans la foule" - 2014 - 100cm H x 81cm W - Acrylic & collage - Price: 3.800€ - INFO
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