Rockefeller Bellagio Creative Arts Fellow 2014 award recipient




Invited artist to present at the conference “Rethinking Cosmopolitanism: Africa in Europe | Europe in Africa”. Organized by The Goethe-Institut in Lisbon, the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, the Maumaus School of Visual Arts in Lisbon, and the Institute of Comparative Modernities (Cornell University), Berlin. February 2013.


Contributor, IN/FLUX Volume II .

IN/FLUX is a compilation of experimental films and videos from the African world, a partnership between SPARCK (Space for Pan-African Research, Creation and Knowledge / The Africa Centre – Cape Town, South Africa) and Lowave (an independent film label based in Paris, France),


Keynote speaker. HOME/LAND: Women, Citizenship, Photographies.

The School of the Arts. Loughborough University,Loughborough, Leicester, UK. 5-7 July 2012


Commission, Shimmer, completed for the Gordon Schachat Collection. 2013






Refuge. La Galerie Particuliere, Paris, France. 6 June – 10 August 2013.


Black smoke rising trilogy. Ron Mandos gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 25 February – 24 March 2012 (group)

24 March 2012

Shimmer. Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town. 26 May – 23 July 2011


Interlaced. Travelling solo exhibition with new commissioned work:

De Hallen, the Belfry Tower, Bruges, Belgium, 18 April – June 2011,

Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem (MMKA), Arnhem, the Netherlands, 9 July- 16 October 2011 and

Frac Lorraine, Metz, France. 21 May – 18 September 2011







Public Intimacy. Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa. Yerba Buena Center with the Arts in conjunction with SFMOMA. San Francisco, USA. 21 February – 29 June 2014


Terminal. As part of the program LAND. Various locations across the City of Cape Town. Organised by GIPCA, curated by Jean Brundrit and Svea Josephy and Adrienne van Eeden Wharton. 21- 24 November 2013.


Distance and Desire: Encounters with the African Archive. The Walther Collection, Ulm, Germany. Curated by Tamar Garb. 9 June 2013 – 17 May 2015


Earth Matters. National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution. Washington DC, USA. 13 April 2013 – 4 January 2014


The Human Condition. Bradbury Gallery, State University, Arkansas, USA. August 23 – September 28 2012


Guest artist. Dak’Art 2012, Dakar Biennale. National Gallery, Dakar, Senegal. 11 May -20 June 2012

Cinema Remixed & Reloaded 2.0. Black Women and the moving image since 1970.  11th Havana Biennal. 11 May- 11 June 2012 (group)

Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography. Museum of Modern Art. New York. 7 May 2010- Spring 2011


Figures and Fictions. Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 12 April – 17 July 2011


Space, Ritual, Absence: Liminality in South African Visual Art. FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg Bunting Road Campus, 10 March 2011






Across Oceans. Transit Arts Space. Stavanger, Norway. 10 October – 23 November 2008

Day for Night. On the Edge, Stavanger 2008 EU project. Obrestad lighthouse,.Norway 11 October 2008

Recent work. Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, SA. 4 September to 11 October 2008


Approach. Krannert Museum, Champaign, Illinois. August 31 – December 30 2007

Approach. Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, SA. November 2006 – January 2007

 Approach. USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida, USA. 27 October – 20 December 2006


Crush. Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town. SA. 20 September – 21 October 2006


To love, to fear, to leave. Performa05. Angel Orensanz Foundation, New York, USA. 14 November 2005


Berni Searle. 3 video works. BildMuseet, Umeå, Sweden. September 2005


About to forget. Michael Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. May 2005


Presence. Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. January 2005


Vapour. Aardklop festival invited artist. Potchefstroom, South Africa. 28 September – 2 October 2004


City of London Festival. Invited artist. Royal Exchange Building, Museum of London, Docklands Museum, London, UK.

21 June – 9 July 2004


Vapour. Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa. February 2004


Dis/Colour. Morlan Gallery, Transylvania University, Lexington, KY, USA. 29 March – 26 April 2004


Float. Standard Bank Young Artist 2003 exhibition. Monument Gallery, Grahamstown, 27 June – 4 July 2003; South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 3 – 29 February 2004; Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, 18 May – 26 June 2004


Residency and solo exhibition. Kunst:Raum Sylt-Quelle, Rantum, Sylt, Germany. July – October 2003


The Space Between. Davis Museum and Cultural Centre, Boston, Mass., USA. 18 March – 8 June 2003

A Matter of Time. MATRIX programme. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA., USA. 2 February -23 March 2003.


Berni Searle. Peres Projects, San Francisco, USA. 2002


Berni Searle. Seippel Gallery, Cologne, Germany. 2002


Still. Axis Gallery, New York, USA. September 2001


Colour Matters. Kunsthalle Stadgallerie, Osnabrück, Germany. June 2001


Work produced in residency. Inova (Institute of the Visual Arts), University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA. 10 December 1999 – 27 February 2000


Colour Me. Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town. 7 – 30 April 1999.


Illusions of Identity Notions of Nationhood. MFA Graduate exhibition. Good Hope Gallery, The Castle, Cape Town, South Africa. 1995


Passing Through. Work completed in residency. Canberra Gallery, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. 1992





Variations. Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. 21 January –3 April 2011


Alterating Conditions: Performing Performance Art in South Africa, GoetheonMain, Johannesburg in collaboration with the Bag Factory Artists’ Studios, 12 – 30 January 2011


The Underground, the Surface and the Edges. Video screening as part of exhibition Afropolis, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Cologne, Germany, and the Collaborations/Articulations exhibition, Johannesburg. 22 January 2011 and 12 April 2011 respectively.


Events of Self: Portraiture and Social Identity. The Walther Collection, Ulm, Germany. 17 June 2010- 15 May 2011


The Dissolve. SITE Santa Fe, 8th International Biennial, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Opening 18 June 2010


SPace: Currencies in Contemporary African Art. Museum Africa, Newton, Johannesburg.  11 May -11 July 2010


Summer 2009/10: Projects. Michael Stevenson, Cape Town. 26 November 2009 -16 January 2010


Screening: Spirit of ’76 (7 October 2009 – 3 January 2010) and Seeking Refuge (6 January – 6 June 2010).  Cantor Arts Centre, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA.


An Imagined State. Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA), Lagos. October 2009


Undercover: Performing and Transforming Black Identities. Spelman College Musuem of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA, USA.

10 September – 5 November 2009


A life less ordinary. Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, UK. 4 September – November 2009


La modernité dans l’art Africain d’aujourd’hui. Panafrican Cultural Festival, Algiers, Algeria. 5 July – September 2009


REBELLE. Art and Feminism 1969 –2009. Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem( MMKA), Arnhem, Netherlands. 30 May – 23 August 2009.


10th Havana Biennial. Cuba. March 2009


Beauty and Pleasure in South African Contemporary Art. Stenersen Museum, Oslo, Norway. 5 February – 10 May 2009


Continental Rifts. Fowler Museum at UCLA. Los Angeles, California. February 2009


Transnational Convergences in African Digital Art, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Canada. 14 November 2008


Traversiá. Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno (CAAM). Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands. 17October 2008


On Reflection: women artists selected from the collections of Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, Wales. 5 July –14 September 2008

Home Lands- Land Marks. Haunch of Venison, London. 31 May – 5 July 2008

Disguise: The art of attracting and deflecting attention. Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, SA. 15 May-5 July 2008

Black Womanhood: Images, Icons, and Ideologies of the African Body. Hood Museum of Art 1 April- 7 September 2008, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, Fall 2008, San Diego Museum of Art, Winter 2009


Cross-Currents in Recent Video Installation. Harn Museum. Florida. Summer 2008


Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa 1950 Present. Travelling exhibition. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, USA. 2008–2009






African Art Today:  Diversity and Diaspora. The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri, USA. November 2007 to April 2008


Bare life. On The Seam, Contemporary Art Museum, Jerusalem, Israel. 12 October 2007- 30 September 2008


Inscribing Meaning. Fowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, California. October 14, 2007


Apartheid. The South African Mirror. Centre de Cultura Contemporània, Barcelona and Bancaja, Spain. September 26, 2007- January 13, 2008


Cinema Remixed and Reloaded; Black Women Artists and the Moving Image Since 1970. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, GA. Part I: September 14 – December 8, 2007. Part II: January 24 – May 24, 2008


New Photography 2007. Museum of Modern Art. New York. September 30, 2007–January 1, 2008


Re:Print  Re:Present  Re:View. Temple Gallery, Philadelphia. September 6 – November 3, 2007


Figuratively  Speaking: The Figure in Contemporary Video Art at QUT Creative Industries Precinct, Brisbane, from 22 May to 9 June (group)


The Eye Screen or The New Image at Casino Luxembourg- Forum for Contemporary Art. 23 March to 17 June 2007 (group)


CAPE 07. Cape Town, South Africa. 24 March – 2 May 2007 (group)


Global Feminisms. Elizabeth A. Sackler Centre, Brooklyn Museum, New York, USA. March 23 2007 – July 1 2007 (group)




Venice-Istanbul. Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey. 14 September – 26 November 2006 (group)


Second to None. South African National Gallery, Cape Town, SA. 24 June – 3 September 2006 (group)


Seventh Dakar Biennale, Dakar, Senegal. May 2006


Personal Affects: Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art. The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 24 February – 7 May 7 2006


2006 Contemporary Commonwealth. Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) and the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Australia. 23 February – 21 May 2006


Cross Currents. Tufts University Art Gallery, MA, USA. 9 February – 2 April 2006


Black, Brown and White, Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria. 23 February – 18 June 2006





A Kind of Magic – The Art of Transforming, Museum of Art, Lucerne, Switzerland. 6 August – 27 November 2005


Always a Little Further, 51st Venice Biennale, Venice. 12 June – November 2005


TEXTures: Word and Symbol in Contemporary African Art. Smithsonian National Museum of African Art,

Washington DC, USA. 11 February – 4 September 2005







Negotiated Identities, Black Bodies. Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. 24 October 2004 – 2 January 2005


“Dwellan” – Lingering Images. Charlottenborg Exhibition Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark. 5 November – 12 December 2004


Horizons: Voices from a Global Africa. Museum of World Culture, Göteborg, Sweden. 2004-6


5th Shanghai Biennale. Shanghai Art Museum, China. 28 September – 28 November 2004


Personal Affects. Power and Poetics in Contemporary South African Art. Cathedral of St John the Divine and Museum for African Art, New York, USA. September – December 2004


Hang In There, My Dear Geum-Sun. Busan Biennale, Busan Metropolitan Art Museum, Seoul, Korea. 21 August – 31 October 2004


Min(e)dfields. Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland. 7 August 2004


New Identities Current South African Art. Museum Bochum, Bochum, Germany. 31 July – 7 November 2004


Through the Looking Glass. National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. July 2004


Artes Mundi Shortlisted Artists Exhibition. National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff, Wales. 7 February – 18 April 2004





Opzij van het Kijken. Watou Art and Literature festival, Watou, Germany. 6 July – 7 September 2003


2003 NMAC Montenmedio Arte Contemporaneo. Vejer de la Frontera, Spain. July 2003


More than 1000 words. Centre for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Anandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA. 11 – 25 May 2003


Contact Zones: Colonial and Contemporary. Michael Stevenson Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa. 7 May – 14 June 2003


De ce côté du ciel UNESCO salue les femmes dans l’art. Salle des Pas Perdus. 6 – 24 March 2003




The Spice Route. IFA, Stuttgart, Germany. 7 November – 29 December 2002


The Field’s Edge: Africa, Diaspora, Lens. USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Florida, USA. 18 October 2002


Watching Ocean and Sky Together. Outdoor film projection. Liverpool Biennale, Liverpool, UK. 9 ­– 13 October 2002


Familieverhalen uit Zuid Afrika. Tropen Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. 3 October 2002 – August 2003


I.D./OLOGY. Axis Gallery, New York, USA. 10 September – 12 October 2002


Tracing the Rainbow. Kunst:Raum Sylt-Quelle, Rantum, Germany. 7 June – 13 August 2002. Kulturverein Zehntscheuer, Rottenburg/Neckar Rottenburg, Germany. 29 September – November 2002


Fronteras. Espacio C, Santander, Spain. 19 April  – 22 June 2002


Dislocation.  Sala Rekalde, Bilbao, Spain. 21 March – 28 April 2002. Centro Cultural De Maia, O’Porto, Portugal. October 2002




Authentic/Ex-centric: Africa in and out of Africa. 49th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. 6 June – 4 November 2001


Encounters with the Contemporary. Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA. 7 January 2001 – 6 January 2002


Dis-Locationa. PhotoEspana 2001. Madrid, Spain. 13 June – 15 July 2001


Juncture. The Granary, Cape Town. 7 February 2001. London. 15 April – 15 May 2001


 A.r.e.a. 2000. Reykjavik Art Museum. Iceland. 17 November 2000 – 7 January 2001





L’Afrique a Jour. Lille, France. 29 September – 20 October 2000


Returning the Gaze. Billboard project, One City Festival. Cape Town, South Africa. September 2000


L’art dans le monde. Paris, France. 8 September – 8 November 2000


FNB Vita 2000. Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. 18 July ­– 2 September 2000


Artworks for Aids. Auction of commissioned work. Durban, Washington DC, Brussels, Boston. 30 November 2000


DAK’ART 2000. Dakar Biennale. Musee d’Art Africain, Dakar, Senegal. 5 May – 5 June 2000


Insertion. Apex Gallery, New York, USA. 18 April – 20 May 2000


Kwere Kwere: Journeys into Strangeness. Travelling exhibition. The Castle, Cape Town; Gertrude Posel Gallery, Wits University, Johannesburg; NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa. 2000


Distinguished Identities: Contemporary African Portraiture. Staller Centre for the Arts, SUNY at Stoney Brook, New York, USA. 5 February – 4 March 2000


Open Studio. Work produced in two-month residency at the Gasworks, London, UK. February – March 2000


Afrika Portrat. House of World Cultures. Berlin, Germany. 13 January – 31 March 2000





Staking Claims. The Granary, Cape Town, South Africa. 23 September –16 October 1999.


Towards-Transit: New Visual Languages in South Africa. De Blaue Saal, Zurich, Switzerland. 28 August – 25 September 1999


Postcards from South Africa. Axis Gallery, New York, USA. 9 August – 2 October 1999


Lines of Sight: Perspectives on South African Photography. South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. 13 July – 31 October


Emergence. Travelling exhibition. National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa. 29 June 1998 – 6 April 1999


Truth Veils. Commissioned work for conference organised by the History Workshop, Wits University, and the Centre for Violence and Reconciliation, titled ‘The TRC: Commissioning the Past’. Gertude Posel Gallery, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa. 11 June – 9 July 1999


Isintu: Ceremony, Identity and Community. South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. 21 March – 26 June 1999


Bloodlines/Bloedlyn. Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, Oudtshoorn, South Africa. 26 – 31 March 1999




7th International Cairo Biennale. Cairo, Egypt




Life’s Little Necessities. 2nd Johannesburg Biennale. The Castle, Cape Town, South Africa




International Exhibition of Art Colleges. Hiroshima, Japan





Master of Art in Fine Art (MAFA). University of Cape Town. 1992-95

Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art. University of Cape Town. 1991

Higher Diploma in Education (PG) Secondary Education. with Distinction. University of Cape Town. 1988

Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art (BAFA). University of Cape Town. 1984-7






2013. Appointed Associate Professor, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

2011-2012 Appointed as Adjunct Associate Professor at the Univeristy of Cape Town in the Departments of Fine Art.

1999-2013. Full-time artist

1996-1999. Senior Lecturer, Stellenbosch University

Previously taught at Livingstone High School. Art Practical and Art History teacher, Grade 8 –12. (1989-1991)







Berni Searle .Sites of Refuge: A Photo- essay from Three Works. South Atlantic Quarterly. 109:3, Summer 2010 (publication)


Young, hip…and sussed. In .za Giovane Arte Dal Sudafrica. Published by Palazzo Delle Papesse, Centro Arte Contemporanea, Sienna, Italy. 2008 (publication in catalogue)


Berni Searle. An Illustrated talk. In Presence. Speed Art Museum. 2006 (presentation and publication in catalogue)


“In your culture?” Duality and Ambiguity in the work of Berni Searle. Annual Lehman Lecture Guest. Bowdoin College. Maine.

31 March 2003. (presentation)


Discerning the Diaspora. Symposium. University of South Florida, Tampa. 18 October 2002 (presentation)


Paper presented at the conference organized by AFAA entitled: African Art and the African Diaspora: Agenda for the 21st century on the panel dealing with Art Education, Residencies, and Workshops. Pari s. 2000. (presentation)


‘Julle Moet Nou Trek’ in Bloodlines/Bloedlyn. Lien Botha (ed), Cape Town, 1999 (publication in catalogue)


Paper presented the International Symposium in conjunction with the 7th International Cairo Biennale. 1997. (presentation)


Identity and Beyond. Paper prepared for the 16th Annual Congress of the Australian and Pacific African Studies Association. Sydney, Australia.1993







Creative Puma travel grant. 2010

Artes Mundi Shortlisted Artist. 2004

Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art. 2003

Civitella Ranieri Fellow. 2001

FNB Vita Award Finalist. 2000.

DAK’ART 2000 Minister of Culture Prize, Dakar Biennale. 2000

DaimlerChrysler Award for South African Contemporary Art Nominee. 2000

British Council Grant. Gasworks residency. 2000

UNESCO, in conjunction with the International Art Critics Association (AICA) Award. 7th International Cairo Biennale. 1998.

MacIver Centre for Science and Development Scholarships. 1992 -1995.

DAAD scholarships. 1992 -1995.

ASATT Grant. Four month residency at the Canberra Institute of the Arts. Australian National University. 1992





Civitella Ranieri Fellow. Artist residency. Umbria, Italy. 13 August  – 17 September 2001

FRESH. 7 South African artists each participating in month-long residencies at the South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa. July 2000

Gasworks residency. London, UK. February ­– March 2000

Inova (Institute of the Visual Arts) at the University of Wisconsin, USA. 1999

Robben Island workshop: Isinthu. 1998

Canberra Institute of the Arts residency. Canberra, Australia. 1992





Various private collections.

Société Générale, France. 2011

The Walther Collection, Germany. 2010

Schachat Collection, South Africa. 2009-

Museum of Modern Art. New York. 2007

Brooklyn Museum of Art. Elizabeth Sackler. 2007

University of South Africa (Unisa). 2005

Tollman Foundation. 2005

South African Parliament. 2005

Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. 2005

Artes Mundi. National Museum and Gallery of Wales, Cardiff. 2004

Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa. 2004

Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. 2003

Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa. 2003, 2004

DaimlerChrysler Collection, Germany. 2003

NMAC Montenmedio Arte Contemporaneo, Vejer de la Frontera, Spain. 2003

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA, USA. 2003

Hood Museum, Dartmouth College. USA. 2003

Collection Helga de Alvear. Madrid, Spain. 2002

BHP Billiton Collection, South Africa. 2001, 2004

Costa Reis, Angola. 2001

Hans Bogatzke Collection, Germany. 2001

Buhl Foundation, New York, USA. 2001

South African National Gallery. Cape Town, South Africa. 2000

Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Washington DC. USA. 2000

NORAD, Oslo, Norway. 1999

Australian Parliament. Anti-apartheid lobby group. Canberra, Australia. 1992







Interlaced. (2011) catalogue

Published by Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem/46 Nord 6 Est Frac Lorraine and Cultuurcentrum Brugge. Essays, in English, French and Dutch, are by Julie L McGee and Michel Dewilde, with an introduction by the curators of the three institutions, Dewilde, Béatrice Josse and Mirjam Westen.


Across Oceans. (2008) catalogue

Published by Transit Art Space and  Ha gamle prestegard, to coincide with a solo exhibition at Transit Art Space, Stavanger, Norway and the exhibition of new work commissioned in a lighthouse in Obrestad in October 2008.


BERNI SEARLE Recent work 2007/08. (2008) catalogue

Published to coincide with a solo exhibition at Michael Stevenson in September 2008, which featured a number of new commissioned video works and prints, with contributions by Tamar Garb, Annie Coombes, Gabeba Baderoon, Gavin Jantjes, Tracy Murinik, Marion Arnold and Elvira Dyangani Ose.


Approach. (2006) catalogue

This monograph is published jointly by Michael Stevenson, the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum and Johannesburg Art Gallery, and accompanied exhibitions at the three galleries in 2006/7.


To love, to fear, to leave. (2005) brochure

An installation at the Angel Orensanz Foundation Centre, presented by the Museum of African Art as part of PERFORMA 05.


Presence 7: Berni Searle. (2005) brochure

Published by the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, USA. 2005


About to forget. (2005) catalogue

Published by Michel Stevenson


Vapour. (2004) catalogue

Published by Michel Stevenson


Berni Searle/MATRIX 202 A Matter of Time. (2003) brochure

Published by the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, CA


Float. Standard Bank Young Artist. (2003) catalogue

Published to coincide with the 2003 Standard Bank Young Artist exhibition, this monograph features an in-depth essay by Johannesburg-based academic Rory Bester and reproductions of  major bodies of work from the Colour me and Discoloured series through to the video Home and away (2003)


Fresh. Berni Searle (2003) catalogue

The Fresh residency and research project saw seven young South African artists participating in month-long residencies at the South African National Gallery. Fresh was funded by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Fund through an award made to Marlene Dumas.








Arnold, Marion. ‘The Ambiguity of Evidence’ in Berni Searle: Recent Work 2007/8. Published by Michael Stevenson, 2008 (exhibition catalogue)


Atkinson, Brenda (ed). WASH, limited edition artist magazine. Chalkham Hill Press, Rivonia, 1999


Baderoon, Gabeba. ‘Accounting’ in Berni Searle: Recent Work 2007/8. Published by Michael Stevenson, 2008 (exhibition catalogue)


Bedford, Emma. ‘Berni Searle’ in Staking Claims: Confronting Cape Town. South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 1999 (exhibition catalogue)


Bedford, Emma. ‘”What’s it Mean?” The Cairo Biennale’ in co@rtnews. February 1999


Bester, Rory. ‘Floating Free’ in Float, Standard Bank Young Artist 2003. Standard Bank, Johannesburg and Bell-Roberts Publishing, Cape Town, 2003 (exhibition catalogue)


Bester, Rory. ‘Interview with Berni Searle’ in The Field’s Edge: Africa, Diaspora, Lens. USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, Rory Bester and Amanda Carlson (eds), 2003 (unpublished)


Borcila, Rozalinda. ‘The Field’s Edge: Africa, Diaspora, Lens’ in Art South Africa, Vol 1, Issue 3, Autumn 2003


Castello, Silvia. ‘Singolare Femminile’ in Elle, December 2002


Coombes, Annie. ‘The Sound of Silence’ in Berni Searle: Recent Work 2007/8. Published by Michael Stevenson, 2008 (exhibition catalogue)


Coombes, Annie. ‘Memories are Made of This’ in Berni Searle: Fresh. South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 2003


Coombes, Annie. ‘Skin Deep/Bodies of Evidence. The Work of Berni Searle’ in Authentic/Ex-centric: Conceptualism in Contemporary African Art. Forum for African Arts, Salah Hassan and Olu Oguibe (eds), 2001 (exhibition catalogue)


Coombes, Annie (ed). Rethinking Settler Colonialism: History and Memory in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand and South Africa. Manchester University Press. 2006


Coombes, Annie. ‘New Subjectivities for the New Nation’ in History after Apartheid: Visual Culture and Public Memory in a Democratic South Africa. Duke University Press, 2003


Dyangani Ose, Elvira. ‘Strategies for Survival’ in Berni Searle: Recent Work 2007/8. Published by Michael Stevenson, 2008 (exhibition catalogue)


Faber, Paul and Van der Merwe, Annari (eds). Group Portrait South Africa. Kwela Books, Cape Town and KIT publishers, Amsterdam, 2002 (exhibition catalogue)


Farrell, Laurie Ann. ‘CON/TEXT + I.D. OLOGY’ in Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Spring/Summer 2003, pp100-101 (exhibition review)


Farrell, Laurie Ann. ‘Still: Berni Searle at Axis Gallery’ on ArtThrob,, November 2001 (exhibition review)


Garb, Tamar (ed). Home Lands -Land Marks, Contemporary Art from South Africa. Haunch of Venison, 2008 (exhibition catalogue)


Garb, Tamar. ‘The Poetry of Place’ in Berni Searle: Recent Work 2007/8. Published by Michael Stevenson, 2008 (exhibiton catalogue)


Hassan, Salah. Insertion, Self and Other. Apex Art, New York, 2000 (exhibition brochure)


Jantjes, Gavin. Thinking in the Round’ in Berni Searle: Recent Work 2007/8. Published by Michael Stevenson, 2008 (exhibition catalogue)


Jacobson, Heidi. Berni Searle/MATRIX 202 A Matter of Time. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, Berkeley, 2003 (exhibition brochure)


Jones, Kellie. ‘Life’s Little Necessities’ in Trade Routes, History and Geography. Africus Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg, 1997 (exhibition catalogue)


Khan, Sharlene. ‘Berni Searle’ in 10 Years, 100 Artists. Bell-Roberts Publishing, Cape Town, 2004


Kley, Elisabeth. ‘Mystical Cosmetics: Oliver Herring, Stephen Dean, Berni Searle’ in PAJ: A Journal of Performance and Art, PAJ 72, Volume 24, Number 3, September 2002


Lewis, Desiree. ‘The Conceptual work of Berni Searle’ in Agenda, October 2001


MacRitchie, Lynn. ‘Out of Africa into the limelight’ in Financial Times, June 2001


Millis, Christopher. ‘Race Results’ in The Boston Phoenix, 6 May 2003


Minnaar, Melvyn. ‘Powerful look at issues of identity, race and gender’ in The Cape Times, 14 February 2003


Murinik, Tracy. “Sounding the Alarm’ in Berni Searle: Recent Work 2007/8. Published by Michael Stevenson, 2008 (exhibition catalogue)


Murinik, Tracy. ‘Home and Away’ in Art South Africa, Vol 1, Issue 2, Summer 2002, pg13


Murinik, Tracy. ‘Colour Me: Berni Searle’ in Towards-Transit: New Visual Languages in South Africa. Pro Helvetia, Zurich and Cape Town, 1999 (exhibition catalogue)


Murinik, Tracy . ‘Berni Searle’ in NKA Journal of Contemporary Art, Spring/Summer 2001


Murinik, Tracy. ‘State of the Art’ in Leadership, May 2000


Murinik, Tracy. ‘More than Skin Deep’ in Mail & Guardian, April 30 – May 4, 1999


Murinik, Tracy. Colour Me. Mark Coetzee Fine Art Cabinet, Cape Town, 1999 (exhibition brochure)


Nolte, Jacqueline. Juncture. Cape Town, 2000 (exhibition catalogue)


O’Sullivan, Michael. ‘On Exhibit’ in The Washington Post, January 12 2001, p43


Pollak, Lloyd. ‘Through a Glass Darkly: A Vision of Womanhood under Threat’ in The Cape Times, 11 October 1999, p7


Pollack, Barbara. ‘The New Look of Feminism’ in ARTnews, September 2001


Pollack, Barbara. ‘The Newest Avant-Garde’ in ARTnews, April 2001


Schmahmann, Brenda. ‘Self and Body’ in Through the Looking Glass, David Krut Publishing, 2004 (exhibition publication)


Searle, Berni. ‘An illustrated talk’ in Presence. Speed Art Museum. 2006 (exhibition catalogue)


Searle, Berni. ‘Julle Moet Nou Trek’ in Bloodlines/Bloedlyn. Lien Botha (ed), Cape Town, 1999 (exhibition catalogue)


Searle, Berni. Summer 2009/10 Projects. Michael Stevenson. 2009 (exhibition catalogue)


Smith, Kathryn. ‘Conversing with Pain: Berni Searle’s Darker Shades of Light’ in FNB Vita Art Prize 2000. Sandton Civic Gallery, 2000 (exhibition catalogue)


Smith, Roberta. ‘Berni Searle’ in The New York Times, 12 October 2001


Thompson, Barbara. Black Womanhood, Images, Icons and Ideologies of the African Body. Hood Museum of Art in association with University of Washington Press, 2008 (exhibition publication)


Van Bosch, Cobus. ‘Pikante kuns gemaak met lyf en speserye’ in Die Burger, 10 May 1999


Van Bosch, Cobus. ‘Kapenaar vereer op Kairo Biennale’ in Die Burger, 27 January 1999


Van Bosch, Cobus. ‘Berni Searle Presteer op Dak’Art 2000’ in Die Burger, 22 May 2000


Van der Watt, Liese. ‘Disappearing Act’ in Art South Africa, Vol 1, Issue 4, Winter 2003, pp22-28


Van der Watt, Liese. ‘Identity’s Lack, Identity’s excess: two works by Berni Searle and Minnette Vári’ in A Decade of Democracy (exhibition catalogue). South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 2004


Van der Watt, Liese. ‘Shifting the Self, Contesting the Body: the art of Berni Searle’ in Artes Mundi. Tessa Jackson (ed), 2004 (exhibition catalogue)


Vetrocq, Marcia E. ‘Biennale Babylon’ in Art in America, September 2001


Von Grebner, Fabbrizio. ‘A Modern Medusa’ in The Cape Times, 5 March 1999, p3


Williamson, Sue. ‘Staking Claims: Confronting Cape Town’ in NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, Fall/ Winter 2000


Williamson, Sue. South African Art Now. Harper Collins Publishers. 2009