Berni Searle

Berni Searle works with lens-based media—photography, video, and film—to stage narratives connected to history, memory, and place.

She received her MAFA from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town (1995). Her solo exhibition “Shimmer” is currently on show at the Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town and her traveling solo exhibition “Interlaced” is currently being exhibited at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (MMKA) in the Netherlands and at Frac Lorraine, Metz in France. Other recent exhibitions include “Figures and Fictions” at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and “Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Previously she participated in “Global Feminisms” at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Centre, Brooklyn Museum and “New Photography” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2007) and in the 2nd Johannesburg Biennale (1997) and the Venice Biennales of 2001 and 2005.
She received the Minister of Culture Prize at the 2000 Dakar Biennale and the UNESCO/AICA Award at the 1998 Cairo Biennale.

She currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.

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