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Visiting Artist: Haroon Gunn-Salie   

November 12, 2015
Richmond Center for Visual Arts
room 2008 at 5:30 p.m.

Haroon Gunn-Salie was born in 1989 in Cape Town, and is currently based between Cape Town and Johannesburg. He has been an active participant in the local contemporary art scene while completing his BA Hons in sculpture at the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2012. Gunn-Salie’s collaborative art practice translates community oral histories into artistic interventions and installations.

Gunn-Salie’s multidisciplinary practice utilizes a variety of mediums, drawing focus to forms of collaboration in contemporary art based on dialogue and exchange. Gunn-Salie’s graduate exhibition titled WITNESS is a site-specific body of work focusing on still unresolved issues of forced removals under apartheid, working with veteran residents of District Six, an area in central Cape Town where widespread forced removals occurred. In 2013, Gunn-Salie has exhibited on group exhibitions at the AVA Gallery in Cape Town and at the Stevenson Gallery and the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg. Gunn-Salie has placed in the top-ten of the Sasol new signatures competition, he recently completed an installation (Kom oor die see) for the art54 project at Sea Point promenade in Cape Town. Gunn-Salie was also recently included in Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89 Plus project, a compendium of the best artists born after 1989.