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Ed Young

Ed Young (b.1978) lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. Spanning almost twenty years, Young’s cross-disciplinary practice can broadly be defined as conceptual and ranges from painting, sculpture, and installation to video, performance, and writing.

Recent solo exhibitions include HERO (2019) at Open 24hrs, Cape Town, Bad Gallerist (2018), and CASH OR CARD (2017) at SMAC Gallery, Cape Town, and Johannesburg respectively. He has presented special solo projects at the Armory Show in New York (ALL SO FUCKING AFRICAN, 2016) and at the Cape Town Art Fair (Bad Taste, 2019). His work has been featured on local and international group exhibitions, most recently NO SHOW MUSEUM: From Dada to Nada at the Helmhaus Zürich in 2019. In 2018 and 2019 respectively, Young participated in the INDEX: Freiraum-Stipendium and 25 Hours Hotel residencies, both in Zürich.

His work is represented in various private and public collections, including the Iziko South African National Gallery (Cape Town), Ilham Gallery (Kuala Lumpur), Fondazione Imago Mundi (Treviso), Southern African Foundation for Contemporary Art (South Africa), NO SHOW MUSEUM (Zurich) and A4 Arts Foundation (Cape Town).

Born in Welkom, South Africa, Young received his MFA from the University of Cape Town in 2005, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Medical Microbiology.


The Motherfucker, 2022Suburbia Contemporary. Barcelona