Sean Metelerkamp (born 1984 in Knysna, South Africa) fascination with photography began at the age of sixteen in the darkroom at boarding school. On rare visits home he immersed himself into the ‘golden age’ of MTV’s music videos.
His first exhibition was at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 2010 as part of the the Youtube Play for his video ‘Zef-Side’ for Die Antwoord. This was followed by a six month residency at Residency Unlimited in New York.
Sean’s debut feature documentary ‘The Journeymen’ opened South Africa’s most prestigious film festival, the Durban International Film Festival, in 2016 and won the award for Best South African Documentary.
He is currently working on an immersive photographic inquiry, which began in 2010 when Sean’s brother was committed to the Drug Education Council Ministries in Noupoort – an eight-month rehabilitation facility for substance abuse and addiction.
2017: FNB Art Fair, AVA Gallery, Johannesburg.
2017: Photo focus, AVA Gallery, Cape Town.
2017: Trash cans for hearts and people have no soul, Fotofestiwal, Łodz, Poland.
2016: Twenty Journey, KZNSA, Durban.
2015: Life Framer, Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles. Juraplatz, Switzerland. Galerie Oberkampf, Paris. Menier Gallery, London.
2015: Twenty Journey, Commune1, Cape Town.
2014: See without looking, hear without listening, breathe without asking, Kalashnikovv Gallery, Johannesburg.
2013: Spectacle: The Music Video, Museum of the Moving Image, New York.
2012: Land of Tomorrow, Expanded Music Project, Louisville, Kentucky.
2012: Spectacle: The Music Video, Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati.
2011: Lumen video art and projection, Staten Island, New York.
2010: YouTube Play, Top 25 Videos, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin.
AWARDS ‘n shit:
2016: Best South African Documentary for ‘The Journeymen’ at Durban International Film Festival.
2015: Winner of Life Framer’s 4th Edition ‘Theme 4/Open Call’.
2011: D&AD Yellow Pencil Award for Best Music Video ‘Die Antwoord – Zef Side’, London.
2010: YouTube Play, Top 25 Videos, ‘Die Antwoord – Zef Side’, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York.
2011: Residency Unlimited, New York.
Daily Maverick, “Knysna Blaze in retrospect”, Ivor Powell, 7 March, 2018.
Promo news, “Death Grips ‘Eh'”, David Knight, 18 July, 2016.
Variety, “Fest Opener ‘Journeymen’ explores authentic South Africa”, Christopher Vourlias, 16 June, 2016.
GUP Magazine, “Twenty Journey”, Roisin Mcauly, 25 August, 2015.
Design Indaba, “The many characters of South Africa through the lenses of three young photographers”, Katie de Klee, 14 August, 2015.
The New York Times, “Home Video Rises to Museum Grade”, Roberta Smith, October 21, 2010
Daily Maverick, “Die Antwoord join Picasso, Matisse, Kandinsky at the Guggenheim”, Andy Rice, 22 October, 2010.
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