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Tony Gum





Born 1995, Cape Town, South Africa
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa

"Dubbed the coolest kid in Cape Town by Vogue, 20 year old self-portraitist Tony Gum will have her first solo presentation at Christopher Moller Gallery at the FNB JoburgArtFair this year. The lively young artist fuses specific brands like Coca-Cola with an array of projected identities that range from the matriarch in traditional Xhosa costume to the West End Playboy Bunny. In doing so, she presents an ironic and playful take on the universal preoccupation with identity politics.

Working both behind the scenes and front-and-centre, Tony flits between the roles of art director, model, stylist and photographer when creating her conceptual imagery. In her bio on the ArtFair site she’s described as the new ‘plastiglomerate’ –an artist able to splice the moral with the synthetic as well as high art and trash to capture the radio-active buzz of this particular moment in art.

“There actually is no point where I decided that I wanted to pursue art, it just came at me as a surprise,” says Tony, who shares her journey and inspirations in a video portrait by Josh Hayman that gives us a candid glimpse into her creative process."

Written by Jessica Hunkin on September 2, 2015 - Between 10 and 5

tonygum.blogspot.com




SELECTED SOLO & GROUP EXHIBITIONS

​2019
Solo show, KAT’EMNYAMA CONTINUED,
Christopher Moller Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
22 November – 03 January

2018
Solo show, Rock Cause Analysis, C-Gallery, Milan, Italy


2017
Solo show, Ode to She, Christopher Moller Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town Art Fair, Christopher Moller Gallery
Johannesburg Art Fair, Christopher Moller Gallery
Pulse Miami Art Fair, Christopher Moller

2016
Cape Town Art Fair, Christopher Moller Gallery
Johannesburg Art Fair, Christopher Moller Gallery

​2015
Johannesburg Art Fair, Christopher Moller Gallery


SELECTED CONFERENCES

2017
Panelist at the ‘’21st Century Feminism and the Arts’’ panel, at the African Art in Venice Forum – Venice Biennale

Keynote speaker at the Wired Japan Conference (WRD IDNTTY – Why Diversity Matters) in Tokyo

2016
Design Indaba Speaker


AWARDS

2017
Pulse Art Fair Grant Jury Award for best solo exhibition

2016
Perez Art Museum Miami Top 20 (PAMM) Picks – Art Basel Miami 2016


Bibliography

2021
Finestre sull' Arte, N°10 - Arte Antica E Contemporanea Giugno Luglio Agosto - Italy. pp.146-159

COLLECTIONS

​Jean Pigozzi Collection