Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: Feminist Art Base: Berni Searle

Berni Searle

South African artist Berni Searle works with photography, video and film to produce lens-based installations that stage narratives connected to history, memory and place. Her work was included in the 1997 Johannesburg Biennale, the 1998 Cairo Biennale, and the 2001 and 2005 Venice Biennales. Searle received a UNESCO award in 1998, the Minister of Culture prize at the Dakā€™art 2000 Biennale, and was nominated for the FNB VITA Art Award 2000 and Daimler-Chrysler Award for South African Contemporary Art in 2000. In 2001, she was awarded a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship, was the Standard Bank Young Artist in 2003 and shortlisted for the first Artes Mundi award in 2004.
I don't have a 'feminist artist statement' as such. Being a woman is only one aspect of who I am.

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Cape Town/New York, Western Cape/NY
South Africa/USA


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