b. 1978, Welkom, South Africa
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa
Born in Welkom, South Africa in 1978, Ed Young currently lives and works in Cape Town. Young holds a Masters Degree in Fine Art from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Since 2003, Young has presented solo exhibitions in Cape Town, Durban, Miami, Zurich and Basel.
In 2018, Young participated in index artists in residence scholarship / Freiraum-Stipendium artist’s residency programme in Zurich, Switzerland, and featured in Ashraf Jamal’s recent book, In the World: Essays on Contemporary South African Art.
Most recently, Young presented BAD TASTE, a video presentation and performance as part of Unframed at the 2019 Investec Cape Town Art Fair in Cape Town, in Cape Town, South Africa; and HERO, a solo exhibition at OPEN 24 HRS, Ground Floor, The Harrington, 50 Harrington Street, Cape Town, South Africa.
In 2017, Young’s solo presentation at SMAC Gallery in Johannesburg, cash or card, debuted the latest in his series of hyper-real miniature self-portrait sculptures, entitled COMME des FUCKDOWN. In 2016, Ed Young was invited to present a site-specific installation as one of eight special projects for 2016 The ARMORY SHOW’s invitational Focus: African Perspectives section, curated by Julia Grosse and Yvette Mutumba. His work forms part of the Iziko South African National Gallery permanent collection, in Cape Town, South Africa; the Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (SAFFCA) collection, in Johannesburg, South Africa; as well as the Luciano Benetton Collection, in Treviso, Italy.
In 2015 Young’s work was included in KULTURPALAST in Berlin, Germany and Analogue Eye – Video Art Africa at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa which later travelled to the Wiener Festwochen in Vienna, Austria; in both 2015 and 2016 he was included in SMAC Gallery’s presentation at ARTISSIMA Fair in Turin, Italy. During 2014, Young participated in Brave New World…20 Years of Democracy at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa; in 2013, he presented a solo installation at VOLTA9 in Basel, Switzerland and was awarded the AiR Rote Fabrik Residency, facilitated by Pro Helvetia in Zurich, Switzerland in that same year. Young showed his video It’s Not Easy at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa in 2008; and, in addition, he exhibited in the Dada South? as well as 1910 to 2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective exhibitions at the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
Ed Young is currently presenting a solo exhibition, HERO, at OPEN 24 HRS, Ground Floor, The Harrington, 50 Harrington Street, Cape Town.
Young recently presented BAD TASTE, a video presentation and performance, as part of Unframed at Investec Cape Town Art Fair from 14 – 16 February 2019.
[upcoming] Die Diele | Zurich, Switzerland | 2019
THANKS FOR COMING | SMAC Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2015
48 Hour Xmas Billboard | Message Salon | Perla Mode, Zurich, Switzerland | 2013
Arch | Young Blood Africa | Cape Town, South Africa | 2013
A LETTER TO MY 22-YEAR-OLD SELF | ABSA Art Gallery | Johannesburg, South Africa | 2018
BUFFER ZONES | Platform | Vaasa, Finland | 2018
Imago Mundi: The Art of Humanity | Pratt Institute | New York City | USA | 2016
Our Lady | Iziko South African National Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2016
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE, NO SHOW MUSEUM | Fresh Window Gallery, New York City | Public Space Exhibition, Montreal | EBA Gallery, Ottawa | Scrap Metal Gallery, Toronto | Spread Art Gallery, Detroit | Fort Gondo, St. Louis | Ice Cube Gallery, Denver | Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Santa Fe | Monte Vista Projects Gallery, Los Angeles | DFB, Chigago | Las Vegas | San Francisco, USA | 2016
Alptraum | RAE (HQ) Space for Contemporary Art | Berlin, Germany | 2016
Rhodes Must Fall Exhibition: Echoing Voices from Within | Centre for African Studies | University of Cape Town (UCT) | Cape Town, South Africa.
Towards Intersections: Negotiating Subjects, Objects and Contexts | Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria | Museum Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa | 2015
Analogue Eye – Video Art Africa | Wiener Festwochen | Vienna, Austria | 2015
Brave New World…20 Years of Democracy | Iziko South African National Gallery | Cape Town, South Africa | 2014