Solo Exhibitions
* indicates catalogue/publication

2009 figuring II: Heiseb, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town.
2008 figuring, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
2005 Tim van Laere Gallery, Antwerp.
2004 Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne.
2003 Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp.
Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne
Still Life, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
Bijlmer Groups, Artoteek Zuidoost, Amsterdam.
2000 Trappings, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
1997 Africus Institute of Contemporary Art, Johannesburg.*
National Art Gallery of Namibia, Windhoek.

Group Exhibitions
* indicates catalogue/publication

2012 ART-SO video 2012: Afrique, Rennes, France.
21BF, Bag Factory Artists’ Studios 21st Retrospective Exhibition, Turbine Hall, Johannesburg.
2011 Interpretations of Africa – Football, Art and Design, curated by Mark Coetzee in collaboration with Puma, Design Museum, London.
Lens, Sasol Art Museum, University of Stellenbosch.
Horse, curated by Ricky Burnett, Circa/Everard Read Gallery, Johannesburg.*
2010 The Lie of the Land - Representations of the South African Landscape, curated by Michael Godby, Iziko Museums, The Old Town House,Cape Town.*
The Walter Collection, curated by Okwui Enwezor, The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm/Burlafingen, Germany.*
Winter Show, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg.
The Menippean Uprising, curated by the artist together with Pierre Fouché, Blank Projects, Cape Town.
2009 Capital: How Heads Talk, Wits Art Galleries, Johannesburg.
Dada South?, Iziko National Gallery, Cape Town.
Registration, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town.
Nation State, Curated by Liza Essers and Storm Janse van Rensburg, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town.
In Black and White, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town.
Sasol Wax Art Award 2008 Exhibition, KZNSA Gallery, Durban.
Warren Editions, Curious, Whetstone & Frankley, Cape Town.
Black, Blank Projects, Cape Town.
Panoply, KZNSA Gallery, Durban.
Artthrob Editions, The SA Print Gallery, Cape Town.
2008 ‘Heimat Hotel’, Breda Photo 2008, Breda, The Netherlands.*
Sasol Wax Art Award exhibition, University of Johannesburg Art Gallery.*
Print ’08, Memory and the Archive, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town.
Warren Editions: Tom Cullberg & Hentie van der Merwe, Blank Projects, Cape Town.
2007 ‘Isilwane: Pets and Presences’ curated by David Bunn, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Is there Still-Life curated by Michael Godby, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
Spier Contemporary Exhibition, Africa Centre, Cape and Johannesburg Art Gallery.*
2006 Figuring Faith: Images of Belief in Africa, curated by Fiona Rankin-Smith, Standard Bank Art Galleries, Johannesburg.*
Snap Judgements: New Positions in Contemporary African Photography, curated by Okwui Enwezor, International Center of Photography, New York.*
Erase me from who I am, curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas.*
Psycho. Zeitgenössische Positionen zwischen Seelenheil und Apokalypse, curated by Ulrike Jagla-Blankenburg, Kunstverein Mönchengladbach.*
Mädels, curated by Gabriele Rivet, Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne.
2005 My Private Heroes, curated by Jan Hoet, MARTa Herford, Germany.*
Art at Work, Klein Karoo Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, South Africa.
Imprints, Axis Gallery, New York.
Terror, online project curated by Sixten,
10 years 100 artists, Bell-Roberst Gallery, Cape Town.*
2004 New Talents, Galerie Gabriele Rivet at Art Cologne.
SABC Art Collection, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.
Untitled exhibition, curated by Kendell Geers, Vooruit Art Center, Gent, Belgium.
Is One Thing Better Than Another?, Galerie Aurel Scheibler, Cologne.
10 Years/10 Voices, curated by Kathy Grundling, Sala Una, Rome.
Black & White, Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne.
2003 Sexuality and Death: Aids in contemporary African Art, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum, Cologne.*
Male Order, UCT Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town.
Noah’s Ark, Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne.
Body and the Archive, curated by Lauri Firstenberg, Artists Space, New York.
Don’t think twice, it’s all right, Tim van Laere Gallery, Antwerp.
Hisk Laureates - Out2002, curated by Theo Tegelaers, Elzenveld, Antwerp.
2002 Dialogica, with Wim Wauman, IN/OUT (Higher Institute for Fine Arts), Antwerp.
BIG TORINO 2002, 2nd International Biennial of Young Art, Artistic Director: Michelangelo Pistoletto.*
Forms of Violence, Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne.
2001 Dis/location – images and identity South Africa, curated by Daniela Tilkin for Fotoespaña 2001, International Photography Festival, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid, Sala Rekalde, Bilbao.*
One To Seven, curated by Jårg Geismar, Galerie Gabriele Rivet, Cologne.
Rencontres de la photographie africaine, 4th Biennial of African Photography, Bamako, Mali.*
2000 FNB Vita Art Prize Exhibition, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.*
Urban Futures, Museum Africa, Johannesburg.
Secure The Future, 13th International AIDS Conference, Durban.
Translation/Seduction/Displacement, curated by Lauri Firstenberg and John Peffer, White Box Gallery, New York.
Emotions and Relations, curated by the artist, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg and Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn.
After New York, Group exhibition of work by past recipients of the Ampersand Foundation Fellowship, Johannesburg Civic Gallery.
The Body, curated by Leanne Engelberg, UNISA (University of South Africa) Art Gallery, Pretoria.
1999 X-scape - Photography in a New South Africa, a photographic project of shuttle ’99, NSA Galley, Durban and Bensusan Museum of Photography, Johannesburg.
Lines of Sight, Contemporary South African Photography, curated by Zwelethu Mthethwa, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
Emergence, curated by Julia Charlton and Fiona Rankin-Smith, Standard Bank National Arts Festival, Albany Museum – Grahamstown, King George VI Art Gallery - Port Elizabeth, Durban Art Gallery, Standard Bank Gallery - Johannesburg.
Exchange: Recent works by the staff and tutors of the Wits Fine Arts Department, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.
1998 Dreams and Clouds, curated by Ingemar Arnesson and Wessel van Huyssteen, Kulturhuset: Stockholm, Sweden.*
Alborough, Alexander, Nel, Lipson, Van Der Merwe, Wilson, curated by Julia Charlton and Natasha Fuller, Gertrude Posel Gallery, University of The Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Unplugged, Rembrandt Van Rijn Art Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg.
Aids Worlds: Between Resignation and Hope, curated by Frank Wagner (Berlin), 12th International Aids/HIV Conference, Centre d’Art Contemporain and Dialogai, Geneva.*
1997 Lifetimes: An Exhibition of Southern African Art, curated by Ruth Sack and Nina Jacobson, Munich, Germany.
Collecting Ourselves, Gertrude Posel Gallery, Johannesburg.
1996 Four Young Artists, with Brendhan Dickerson, James Reed and Alex Trapani, Newtown Galleries, Johannesburg.
Unplugged, Rembrandt Van Rijn Art Gallery, Newtown, Johannesburg.
1995 Springtime in Chile, curated by Wayne Barker and Ernesto Munoz, Santiago, Chile.
Taking Liberties: The Body Politic, curated by Colin Richards and Ptika Ntuli, Gertrude Posel Gallery, Africus1995, Johannesburg Biennale.*

Exhibitions Curated
* indicates catalogue/ publication

2010 The Menippean Uprising, curated together with Pierre Fouché, Blank Projects, Cape Town.
1999 Emotions and Relations, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.

Professional Appointments and Consultation

Senior Lecturer in Photography, Visual Arts Department, Stellenbosch University

Conference and Workshop Participation

2009 My Work in Relation to ‘The Archive’: a Practice of Critical Reciprocity, On Making: Integrating Approaches to Practice-Led Research in Art and Design, 15-16 October 2009, University of Johannesburg.
2006 Reconstructing documentary: subaltern subjectivity and experience in Kutlug Ataman’s ‘Never my Soul!’, Paper presented at the lecture series to accompany the exhibition Erase Me from Who I Am curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose at the Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno CAAM in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 20-21 April.
1999 Picturing Health - The Photographed Male Body in the Archives of Hugh MacFarlane, Encounters With Photography, Photographing People in Southern Africa, 1860 to 1999, Cape Town, 14-17 July.
1998 The Representation of AIDS and Gay Identity in the work of Robert Gober and my own, 14th Annual South African Art Historians Conference entitled “Negotiating Identities”, July 1998, University of South Africa, Pretoria.
1996 New Strategies: The Re-presentation of Gay Identity and AIDS in the work of Felix Gonzales-Torres, Second Annual South African Qualitative Conference “The Body Politic” held at the National Centre For Occupational Health, Johannesburg, 3-4 September.

Awards and Merits

2008 Winner of the Sasol Wax Art Award 2008, Johannesburg.
2002 Artissima /BIG Torino 2002 Prize for best visual artist, BIG TORINO 2002, 2nd International Biennial of Young Art, curated by Michelangelo Pisoletto.
2001 National Arts Council Bursary for International Study.
Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Grant for Overseas Study.
Skowhegan Fellowship to attend the 2001 Skowhegan Summer workshop.
2000 FNB Vita Art Prize nominee.
Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Grant for Overseas Study.
Montagu White Bursary for Overseas Study.
1999 Ampersand Foundation Fellowship - residency in New York for the period of Jan/Feb 1999 to do research for MA Fine Arts degree.
National Arts Council Bursary for Overseas Study, for purposes of research on artist Robert Gober in New York, US towards completing MA degree in Fine Arts.
1994 Anya Mellman Scholarship for Overseas Travel, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Academic Record and Residencies

2003 Artist in Residence as part of the BijlmAIR program. A joint project between Artotheek Zuidoost / Het Nieuwe Podium (AZO/HNP) and Stedelijk Museum Bureau, Amsterdam. February – July.


2002 Laureateship, Higher Institute for Fine Arts (HISK), Antwerp, Belgium
2001 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, USA
2000 MA Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


1994 BA Fine Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg


Gemeentearchief Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Durban Art Gallery, Durban
Gauteng Legislature, Johannesburg
Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
SABC Collection, Johannesburg
Sasol Art Collection, Johannesburg
BHP Billiton Art Collection, Johannesburg
Rand Merchant Bank Collection, London
Sanlam Collection, Cape Town

Selected Reviews

2008 ‘Wenner se werk al meer teatraal’, Johan Myburgh Beeld, 20 Oktober, bl. 12.
‘Hentie van der Merwe – figuring’, CLASSICFEEL, July 2008, Johannesburg, pp. 74-75.
‘Sasol Wax wat was’, Johan Myburgh vir Beeld, 20 Oktober 2008, bl. 12.
‘Found in Translation’, Tim Trengove-Jones for The Weekender, 25-26 October 2008, pp. 7(Weekend Review).
‘Begoëlend, maar eweneens onthutsend’, Johan Muyburg vir Beeld, 6 Augustus 2008, pp. 4(Plus).
‘Peering through that which hides’, Timothy Trengove-Jones for The Weekender, 9-10 August 2008, pp. 5(Arts).
‘Benign’ relationship melts under the spotlight’, Mary Corrigall for Sunday Independent, 19 October 2008.
2006 ‘Hentie van der Merwe’, Portfolio, Portfolio Photography Workshop Limited, Edinburgh, UK, pp. 20-25.
‘Hentie van der Merwe’, Uta Reindl, catalogue text, Psycho Zeitgenössische Positionen zwischen Seelenheil und Apokalypse, curated by Ulrike Jagla-Blankenburg, Kunstverein Mönchengladbach.
2005 ‘Hentie van der Merwe at Gabriele Rivet’, Art on Paper, New York, US, Jan/Feb 2005.
2003 ‘Bijlmer mix’, Volkskrant Magazine, 6 Sept 2003, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 34-39.
‘The New Dutch Group Portrait’, Jan van Adrichem, Stedelijk Bulletin, no 4, Sept 2003, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Holland, pp18-21.
‘Groepsgewijs’, Pauline Burmann, Zuidelijk Afrika, nummer 3, 2003, Holland, blz. 44-45.
‘United Confusions of Representation’, Corinne Diserens, Hisk Laureates catalogue, Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Antwerpen, pp 136-139.
‘Smeltkroes op papier’, Alberta Opoku, Contrast, nummer. 26, 11 September 2003, Holland, blz. 26-27.
‘Van Van der Merwe and Nel at the Goodman Gallery’, Brenton Maart for Artthrob, September 2003 (
‘Van der Merwe and Nel at the Goodman Gallery’, Yvette Greslé, Art South Africa.
‘Fragen nach dem Wesentlichen’, Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Nr.131 – Samstag/Sonntag 7/8 Juni 2003, pp27.
‘Body and the Archive’, Emily Speers Mears, Art South Africa, Vol 01 Issue 03, Autumn 2003, pp 64.
2002 ‘Representing the Body Archivally in South African Photography’, Lauri Firstenberg, Art Journal Vol. 61, no. 1 Spring 2002 NY, USA, pp 58-67.
2001 ‘One To Seven’, Uta M. Reindl, Kunstforum Nov/Dec 2001, Germany, pp157.
2000 ‘Blurred Focus’, Bettie Coetzee, Garden and Home, July 2000, Johannesburg.
‘Art Out of War’, Shaaun de Waal, Weekly Mail & Guardian, March 20.
‘Translation/Seduction/Displacement’, Holland Cotter, New York Times, March 24.
1996 ‘Raiding The Archive’, Rory Bester, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, Summer/Fall, New York, USA, pp. 64.
‘The Illicit Desires Of Discipline’, Brenda Atkinson, Mail & Guardian, June 13.
‘Love, Friendship, Sex’, Revue Noire, Paris, Dec 1995-Jan 1996, pp. 14-15.


2004 ‘Hentie van der Merwe’, 10 Years 100 Artists, Bell-Roberts Publishing/Struik Publishers, Cape Town, pp. 386-389.
1996 ‘Murderous Times’, Art in South Africa: The Future Present, Williamson, S and Jamal, A (1996) David Philip Publishers, Cape Town, pp. 113-114.


2000 ‘Hentie van der Merwe’, by Rory Bester in FNB Vita Art Prize Catalogue, Johannesburg.
1997 ‘Hentie van der Merwe’, Catalogue published by the French Institute of South Africa for solo exhibition at Generator Art Space, Johannesburg, 1997.