Brett Charles Seiler

Brett Charles Seiler, b.1994, Zimbabwe. Works and lives in Cape Town South Africa. Graduated from The Ruth Prowse School of Art in 2015. Solo exhibitions include Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart, 2016 at AVA, Cape Town and More Scared Of What Was In My Closet Than What Was Underneath My Bed, 2018 at CIRCA gallery, Cape Town. Seiler has also been included in various group exhibitions including a performance piece with Luvuyo Nyawose titled Reading Homophobia, 2017, at A4 Foundation curated by Kemang Wa Lehulere and Zipho Dayile.

Seiler’s work takes the forms of painting and installations. The use of text and language is critical for Seiler work, often poetic, religious and sediments like a confessional. Dealing with ideas of romantic gestures and sexual interactions, Seiler works dives into historical gay modes of communication and conduct. Bringing forward a collective memory of gay rights movements and focusing on the sexual oppression of gay men. This draws in feelings of longing, distance and nostalgia.

Seiler work is often accompanied by performance based works, process works and interventions. Works that ‘queer’ the gallery space, including writings and imagery directly on the walls of the gallery - as a revolt or disobedience. Being from Zimbabwe, Seiler’s work is also highly recognized for questioning gay rights and the current facade highlighting punishment, education, media and the institution

Education
2015 Graduated from The Ruth Prowse School of Art in

Solo Exhibitions
2019 Upcoming solo, SMITH, Cape Town
2018 More Scared Of What Was In The Closet Than What Was Underneath My Bed, CIRCA Gallery, Cape Town
2016 Macho Man, Tell It To My Heart, AVA Gallery, Cape Town

Selected Group Exhitions
2019 Emphatic Whispers, SMITH, Cape Town
2019 Winter 2019, Everard Read, Cape Town
2019 Home Affairs, Waterfront Docks, Cape Town
2019 OUTSIDE, Riebeek Kastel Gallery, Cape Town
2018 One Straight Hour performed for The Main Complaint, Zeitz MOCCA, Cape Town
2018 Sunday Service, GUS, Stellenbosch
2018 Unfair, The Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town
2018 The Edge of a Thread, Eclectica Contemporary, Cape Town
2018 Close Encounters, SMITH, Cape Town
2018 Not Really, Previously Known As, Cape Town
2018 Multiplicities Vol1: Continuous Unknowing, Assembly Room, NYC
2017 Closer than Ever, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town
2017 Performance Night, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town
2017 One Week, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
2017 Young Now, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg
2017 Hold, The Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town
2017 You and I, A4 Foundation, Cape Town
2017 Dislocation, Everard Read, Cape Town
2017 Salon Show, AVA Gallery, Cape Town
2017 ABSA Atelier Top 100 finalists, ABSA Gallery, Pretoria
2016 Falling Into One Another, Ruth Prowse School of Art, Cape Town
2016 New Monuments, Commune.1, Cape Town
2016 Winter Collection, Everard Read, Cape Town
2016 One Zero Seven, 107 Long market Street, Cape Town
2016 The Ties That Bind, Bend, Break, Secret Dungeon, NYC
2016 Lip Service with Khanya Mashabela, Open Dialogue Box, Cape Town
2016 Sorry! Please Try Again, The Palms Center, Cape Town
2016 Reading Homophobia with Luvuyo Nyawose, performance, Gallery MOMO, Cape Town

Art Fairs
2019 FNB Art Joburg, SMITH, Johannesburg
2016 Emerging Painters, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg

Awards and Competitions
2017 ABSA Atelier Top 100 finalists