Berry Bickle | Zimbabwe

“Berry touches on rituals to emphasize the meaning of principles identifying and cementing together the members of a community. She addresses their souls and spirits, transforming social codes into allegories of a shared alienation as if this process was a way to create armor that could carry memory and transcends history.” N’Goné Fall


Berry Bickle was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe in 1959
Berry has recently returned to Zimbabwe after living in Maputo for fifteen years.

She studied Fine Art at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and has a postgraduate degree, majoring in painting.

She has worked in a diverse range of mediums: installation, video, ceramics, contemporary dance, and photography; with the latter two, she has worked in urban spaces in order to analyze contemporary histories and the archival as subjects of her work. Berry’s work has ranged from delicate mixed-media creations to whimsical ceramics to room-sized installations incorporating snippets of handwritten diary entries, poems, and testimonials, along with videos.

Her work uses postcolonial theory to explore the history of Zimbabwe, in line with postcolonial research developed primarily in Anglo-Saxon countries since the 1990s. The artist – a white woman in an African region where the relationships between blacks and whites are fuelled by violence – draws from the past to inform the present. Exploring issues of race, psychological violence, power, territory, history, memory, and exile, Bickle raises questions about submission versus control, tradition versus modernity, and the local versus the global. By playing with subjectivity Berry Bickle turns set ideas upside down and appeals to our imagination and to our senses, like an invitation to meditation and communion.

Collaboration, writing (or rewriting) and the manipulation of archival and personal material are central components of Bickle’s practice. Bickle draws our attention to the existence of alternate stories, those buried beneath the weight of dominant narratives, and the consequences of their subsequent erasure.


Bickle’s work has been exhibited extensively across the globe, participating in biennales from Havana, Cuba and Venice, Italy through Dakar, Senegal, Johannesburg (South Africa); and Bamako (Mali). Her work was also included in Simon Njami’s renowned travelling exhibition Africa Remix from 2004 to 2007.

Berry Bickle works are featured in the Zeitz MOCAA exhibition, Five Bhobh – Painting at the End of an Era (2018 – 2019).

Selected solo exhibitions:

Berry Bickle – Suite Europa, Galerie Herrmann, Berlin, Germany

Berry Bickle – Tempo, Gallery Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique

Berry Bickle – Maputo Utopia, Centre Culturel Franco-Mozambicain, Maputo, Mozambique

Berry Bickle – Sleeping Beauty, Exit 11, Grand-Leez, Belgium

Berry Bickle, Chateau de Petit-Leez, Grand-Leez, Belgium

“Earth-Water-Fire – Recent Works by Berry Bickle“, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

Berry Bickle and Stephen Williams, Bulawayo Art Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Berry Bickle and Helen Lieros, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

Berry Bickle, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

Master’s Exhibition“, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa

Berry Bickle and Cecily McQuire, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe

Berry Bickle, Gallery 567 – Durban, South Africa

Selected group exhibitions:

Rhythmic Elements, Group exhibition curated by Tafadzwa Gwetai, AKKA Project Venice, Venice, Italy

Growbox Art Project ,Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art ,Cape Town, South Africa

Five Bhobh: Painting at the End of an Era ,Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art ,Cape Town, South Africa

Lucy’s Iris. Contemporary African Women Artists ,Rochechouart Museum of Contemporary Art ,Rochechouart, France

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa ,Fowler Museum at UCLA ,Los Angeles, California, USA
The Divine Comedy ,MMK, Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt ,Frankfurt, Germany

The Divine Comedy, Heaven, Hell, Purgatory Revisited by Contemporary African Artists, Frankfurt, Germany

Die Göttliche Komödie”, Museum für moderne Kunst, Frankfurt/Main

“Die besten Arbeiten von Bill Kouélany, Berry Bickle, Ayana V. Jackson, Zohra Opoku, Mansour Ciss”, Galerie Peter Herrman, Berlin

“Global Groove 1973/2012”, Broad Art Museum, East Lansing, Michigan, USA

Lens of twelfe, London, England

La Biennale di Venezia, 54th International Art Exhibition, Zimbabwe Länderpavillon, Venice, Italy

“Mulheres Descortinando (Womes Unveiling)”, Foto-Ausstellung, Gallery Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique

“Objectif Photo – Afrique et photographie”, Musée des Arts derniers, Fotografie-Ausstellung u. a. mit Jürgen Schadeberg, Malick Sidibé, Olivier Sultan, Paris, France

OBJECTIF PHOTO – Afrique et photographie, Musée des Arts derniers, Paris, France

Les Afriques autrement“, Maison des arts de Bagneux, 11 Rue de Bagneux, Châtillon, France

“Cantanrolando II”, Gallery Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique

“Papel Arte”, Gallery Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique

8th Bamako Encounters, Biennial of African Photography- Borders, Maison Africaine de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali

Spot on… Bamako, ifa-Galerie, Stuttgart; Berlin, Germany

Miniatura, Gallery Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique

Bamako. VIII. Rencontres Africaine de la Photographie“, Maison Africaine de la Photographie, Bamako, Mali
Umolhar das muheres sobre as mulheres, Gallery Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique
Maputo: A Tale of One City, Oslo Kunstforening, Oslo, Norge
Chance Encounters – Seven Contemporary Artists from Africa, Lagos goes to South Africa with In the Light of Play, Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos (CCA,Lagos), Lagos, Nigeria
Bamako, VII, Rencontres Africaine de la Photographie, ifa-Galerie, Stuttgart, Germany

Video zone 4, The Center for Contemporary, Tel Aviv, Israel

Videozone 4, International Video-Art Biennial, Center for Contemporary Art + Rachel & Israel Pollak Gallery, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Animais: Caracterização e Representação, MUSART, Museu Nacional de Arte de Moçambique, Maputo, Mozambique
Bamako. VII. Rencontres Africaine de la Photographie, ifa-Galerie, Berlin, Germany

Collective Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, Gallery Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique

Inaugural Exhibition, Gallery Kulungwana, Maputo, Mozambique

Africa Remix – Contemporary Art of a Continent, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Annual MUSART, Museu Nacional de Arte de Moçambique, Maputo, Mozambique

Africa Remix – Contemporary art of a continent, Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG), Johannesburg, South Africa

L’oeil-Écran Ou La Nouvelle Image, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain, Luxembourg

In the City and Beyond, VII, Rencontres Africain de la Photographie, Biennale de Bamako, Bamako, Mali

Afrique Europe: Rêves croisés, Ateliers des Tanneurs, Brussels, Belgium

Terre noire: OUSMANE SOW et les tendances de la sculpture africaine d’aujourd’hui, Musée Maurice Denis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Frankreich

Frame within a Frame, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

Exhibiton 00, Grand-Leez, Belgium

7ème Biennale de l’Art Africain contemporain – Biennale de l’art africain contemporain, Dakar, Sénégal

Des hommes sans histoire ?, projet Broken Memory, Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France

Body of Evidence, Selections from the Contemporary African Art Collection“, National Museum of African Art, Kurator: Christine Kreamer, Washington, DC, USA, travelling exhibition

30 Years of Gallery Delta, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe

Black and White, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe

Small Works, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe

Stage for Mia Couto: „Schillers Räuber“, Teatro Avenida, Maputo, Mozambique

Transitions: 1960-2004, Contemporary African Art Exhibition, Brunei Gallery – Africa Centre, London, UK

Visions of Zimbabwe, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, England

Africa Urbis. Perspectives Urbaines, Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France
Foire Internationale des Arts Derniers. Les Afriques 2, Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France

African Remix – l’art contemporain d’un continent – Centre Georges Pompidou – Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris, France

Textures – Word & Symbol in Contemporary African Art“, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA

Africa Remix – Contemporary Art of a Continent – Hayward Gallery, London, UK

The Collector’s Exhibition“, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe

Fight Aids, Celebrate Life“, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe

The Summer Exhibition“, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe

Africa Remix. Zeitgenössische Kunst eines Kontinents“, Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf, Germany

Step Inside, Gallery Dieleman, Brüssel, Belgium

Foire Internationale des Arts Derniers“, Les Afriques, Musée des Arts Derniers, Paris, France

Visions of Zimbabwe: When Words Fail, Arts Speak, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester, England

Small Works-Split Image, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe

The Summer Exhibition, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe

Old and Modern, Gallery Delta, Zimbabwe

Face to Face with Zimbabwe, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Face to Face, HIFA, National Gallery Dieleman, Brussels, Belgium

Here and There with Benoît Piret, Gallery Dieleman, Brussels, Belgium

Video Brazil“, Sao Paulo video art festival, São Paulo, Brazil

Myth, Memory and Concept, Biennale Dak’Art 2002, Dakar, Senegal

Kakuyo , between a rock and far away place, mit Tapfuma Gusta, Gallery Dieleman, Brussels, Belgium

Africas: The artist and the City. A Journey and an Exhibition, CCCB Barcelona, Spain

Kunst aus Zimbabwe, Iwalewa Haus, Kunstmuseum Bayreuth, Germany

An Anthology of African Art: the Twentieth Century, DAP, New York, USA

Africas: The Artist and the City: A Journey and an exhibition, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

Kunst aus Zimbabwe, Kunst in Zimbabwe: ein Projekt von Iwalewa Haus und Kunstmuseum Bayreuth, Iwalewa-Haus, Bayreuth, Germany

El tiempo de África. Tiempo V, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Spain

Art dans le Monde, Beaux Arts Magazine, Pont Alexandre lll, Paris, France

Siyaphambili 2000, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

World video festival, Gate Foundation presentation, Amsterdam, Netherland

13 Rencontres Vidéo d’Arts Plastiques, Basse-Normandie, Paris, France

Artistes contemporains du Zimbabwe“, Pierre Gallery, Paris, France

Women in African Art, Habary, Vienna, Austria

Uncommon Thread, Civic Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

Africus, First Johannesburg Biennal, South Africa

Africa 95. On the Road“, Delfina Studios, London, UK

Havana Biennal, Cuba and Ludwig Museum, Aachen, Germany

Artists against landmines. Franco/Mozambique, Cultural Centre, Maputo, Mozambique

MBCA-Decade of Award Winners, National Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe

Uncommon Thread, Johannesburg Civic Center, Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg Africus Biennal, Johannesburg, South Africa

On the Road, africa’95, London, UK

Gallery Delta ‘Twenty Years’ Exhibition“, Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe

5th Havana Biennale, Havana, Cuba

Zimbabwe/Tanzania. Contemporary Artists, Helsinki, Finland

Bienal de la Habana IV, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wilfredo Lam und Consejo Nacional de las Artes Plásticas, Havana, Cuba

Zimbabwe Heritage 1991, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Contemporary Art from Southern Africa: Art from the Frontline, Glasgow Art Gallery, Glasgow, England und Dublin, Ireland

Zimbabwe Heritage Exhibition. Commonwealth Games, New Zealand

Art images in Southern Africa, The Culture House, Stockholm. travelling exhibition trough Sverige and other nordic countries until may of 1990

1988 – 1990
Pachipa Mwe International Art Workshop und begleitende Ausstellungen in der National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

1987 – 1989
Zimbabwe Heritage, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe National Annual Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe
Masters Exhibition“, Rhodes University, South Africa

Zimbabwe National Annual Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Nedlaw Sculpture Exhibition, National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Bulawayo Art Gallery, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Gallery Delta, Harare, Zimbabwe



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