Curriculum Vitae   

Usha Seejarim was born in 1974 in South Africa. She currently lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS  

2016 Lizamore@Clairvaux, Clairvaux, Robertson, Cape Town, South Africa  

2015 timeline, The Bag Factory Artist’s Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa

2015 Twenty: art in the time of democracy, curated by Gordon Froud, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa; Turchin Centre, North Carolina, USA; Beijing biennale, Beijing, China

2015 Venus at Home (solo exhibition), Durban Art Gallery, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa  

2015 Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa    

2014 Pre-election Connection, Wits Art Museum (WAM), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

2014 Venus at Home (solo exhibition), NWU Gallery, Northwest University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

2013 Venus at Home (solo exhibition), Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Johannesburg, South Africa

2012 Venus at Home (solo exhibition), Atherstone Gallery, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa

2011 Where do we migrate to?, University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA  

2009/10 Mine over Matter (solo exhibition), Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009 Innovative Women, Constitutional Court, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009 Postcards to the Edge, Guth Gafa Documentary Film Festival, Gortahork, Ireland

2008/09 Latitudes 2007, Terres du Monde, Havanna (cat)  

2007/08 Latitudes 2007, Terres du Monde, Paris, France (cat)

2007 Sasol Wax Art Award, Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Johannesburg, South Africa (cat)  

2006 The Hole Truth (solo exhibition), Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg, South Africa  

2005 Another World, VIth African Photographic Encounters, Bamako, Mali (cat)  

2005 JP Blachere Foundation (photography workshop & exhibition), Joucas, France

2005 Master Classes (photography workshop), Bamako, Mali 2004  in place, (solo exhibition), Gallery Momo, Johannesburg, South Africa     

2004 Post, curated by Kenji Shiraishi & Monna Mokoena, Tama Art University Museum, Tokyo, Japan (cat)

2004 Sugar in the Petrol, curated by Doris Bloom, Festival fotografia, Rome, Italy; Festival filosofia, Modena, Carpi, Sassuolo

2004 A Place Called Home, curated by Zayd Minty, NSA Durban, South African National Gallery (SANG), Cape Town; Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Johannesburg, South Africa

2003 Latitudes 2003, curated by Regine Cuzin, Hotel Deville, Paris, France (cat)  

2003 Forms in Transit (solo exhibition), NSA (Natal Society for the Arts), Durban     

2003 Show Me Home, curated by Mads Damsbo, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (cat)  

2003 Playtime (festival hosted by the French Institute), Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa     

2003 How Latitudes become Forms, curated by Philippe Vergne, Douglas Fogle & Olukemi Ilesanmi, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Torino, Mexico City and Monterrey, USA (cat)

2002 FNB Vita Art Award, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa (Cat)     

2002 Sublimation, curated by Katherine Smith, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Outshoorn, South Africa (Cat)     

2002 Videoformes 2002, curated by Clive van den Berg, Carnet de voyage: Afrique du Sud, Expositions Festival, Paris, France (Cat)  

2001 Self, curated by Clive van den Berg, Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees, Outshoorn, South Africa (Cat)  

2001 MTN New Contemporaries, curated by Clive Kellner, Camouflage, Johannesburg, South Africa (Cat)     

2001 Joubert Park Public Art Project, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Joubert Park Precinct, Johannesburg, South Africa 2001 Fresh, artist in residence, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa (series of Monographs & Zanazo, Vol.2, No.1, p.11)     

2000 Urban Futures, Rembrandt van Rijn, Market Theater, Johannesburg, South Africa

2000 Interchange - Moving Images, curated by autopsia, Camouflage, Brussels, Belgium

1999 Isinto, curated by Tumelo Mosaka and Zayd Minty, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

1999 Long Distance (solo exhibition), Generator Art Space, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa

1998 Ethiopian Arts and Culture Festival, Ethiopia    

1997 50 Stories, curated by Storm van Rensburg and Tracey Rose, 50th floor of the Carlton Center, Johannesburg, South Africa  

1996 Technikon Witwatersrand student exhibition, Rembrandt van Rijn, Market Theater, Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa  

AWARDS  

2013 Nominated for Mbokodo Award in sculpture     

2008 Finalist, Mercedes Benz Award for Art in Public Spaces  

2008 Best Use of new Commissioned Art Awarded to the Sandton Central Arts Programme by Business Day-Business and Arts South Africa Award (BASA) for the “Why Men”

2007 Finalist, Sasol Wax Art Award, Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), South Africa     

2003 Ampersand Fellowship, (March, April), New York, USA 2002   Finalist, First National Bank (FNB) Vita Art Award,South Africa

2001 MTN Special Art Award presented to VACA, South Africa  2001 Merit Award, Bursary, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa 2001  Co-winner, MTN New Contemporaries, South Africa

PUBLIC AND CORPORATE ART COMMISSIONS AND PROJECTS

2015 Light installations for the Embassy of Switzerland, Pretoria, South Africa     

2014 Pebble mosaic, Prince Albert, South Africa     

2013 Wire drawing of Nelson Mandela, Discovery Leadership Summit, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

2013 Official portrait for Nelson Mandela's funeral, Qunu, South Africa

2010 BRT station, Mooki Street, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa  

2009/10 Why Men illuminated public sculpture, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa  

2008/09 Why Men illuminated public sculpture, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

2009 Giant light sculpture, Mzansi Store, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008 Sun Screens, South African Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  

2008 Sculptures illustrating the Freedom Charter, Walter Sisulu Square, Kliptown, Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008 Site specific “mural”, Eskom head office, Woodmead, Johannesburg, South Africa     

2007/08 Why Men illuminated public sculpture, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

2007 Cascoland (public art project), Drill Hall, Johannesburg, South Africa

2006 In recognition of Mahatma Gandhi, memorial/marker celebrating Sunday Time’s centenary. Public artwork, Fordsburg, Johannesburg, South Africa     

2005 Christmas Tree, Anglo American and de Beers, Main Street, Johannesburg, South Africa  

2005 Pin Code, MTN, MTN head office, Fairlands, Johannesburg, South Africa

2002 Billboard for the Art in the City Project, Cell C, Johannesburg, South Africa

2000 Levi’s Vintage Clothing (cat May/June 2000), Sandton City, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa  

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS – SUCH INITIATIVE (www.suchinitiative.org)  

2011 Something that rolls up, COP 17, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa  

2011 The ant and the whistling thorn tree, First National Bank (FNB), Johannesburg, South Africa   

2011 B.E.E., Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), Johannesburg, South Africa

2011 Nonkululelo the hippo, iSimangaliso Heritage Park, St Lucia, South Africa

2011 Infecting the City: slices of life, Cape Town, South Africa  

2010/11 Tomorrow’s Joy (bottle top mosaic), Arts Alive, Johannesburg; Grahamstown, OR Tambo International Airport, South Africa

2010 Infecting the City: mandala for healing, St George’s cathedral, Cape Town, South Africa