Cedric Nunn
Cedric Nunn Cedric Nunn

Cedric Nunn

b. 1957, Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; lives in Assagay, KZN.

Spanning three decades, Cedric Nunn’s photographs highlight the interplay between the personal and the political, challenging reductive views of ‘change’.

Solo Exhibitions

2019: Blood Relatives, Oliewenhuis Art Museum and Vrystaat Arts Festival, Bloemfontein.
2018: Return: Surviving Dispossession, Genocide and Erasure, Homecoming Centre, District Six Museum, Cape Town.
2017: Unsettling Colonialism: Frontier and Intimate Spaces, Centre for African Studies Gallery, Cape Town.
2017: Unsettled, Nelson Mandela Metropole University (NMMU), Bird Street Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth. 
2016: Unsettled, Umsunduzi Museum, Pietermaritzburg. 
2016: Unsettled, Johannes Stegmann Gallery, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein.
2016: Unsettled, David Krut Gallery, Johannesburg.
2016: Unsettled, Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth, Germany.
2015: Unsettled: One Hundred Years War of Resistance by Xhosa Against Boer, WITS Art Museum, Johannesburg.
2014: People Live Here: 20 Years of Democracy, Msunduzi Museum, Pietermaritzburg.
2013: Call and Response, Omenka Gallery, Lagos.
2013: Cornfields; A 1913 Land Act Story, Sophiatown Cultural and Heritage Centre, Johannesburg. 
2012: Call and Response, David Krut Projects, New York.
2011: Call and Response, Galerie Seippel, Germany.
2011: Call and Response, Museum Africa, Johannesburg. 
2011: Convergence, KwaMuhle Museum, South Africa.
2011: Blood Relatives, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2011: Paris Photo, Grand Palais, Paris.
2010: In Camera, Albert Luthuli Museum, Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal
2009: Cedric Nunn: Revision, Bailey Seippel Gallery, Johannesburg
2005: Blood Relatives, Old Fort Gallery, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, South Africa
1997: Malhawu, Macufe Arts Festival, Bloemfontein.
1997: Blood Relatives, Playhouse, Durban.
1995: The Hidden Years, KwaMuhle Museum, Durban.

Group Exhibitions - South Africa

2022: Norval Sovereign African Arts Award Exhibition, Norval Foundation, Cape Town.
2021: Revelations (with Samora Chapman), Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2020: Undermined: The Social Cost of Mining to People and Planet, Online exhibition, Jozi Book Fair. 
2019: Exclamating, Still! On the Noise of Images, 12th Recontres De Bamako, Bamako. 
2019: Blood Relatives, Oliewenhuis Art Museum and Vrystaat Arts Festival, Bloemfontein. 
2018: The Art of Activism, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2018: Return: Surviving Genocide, Dispossession and Erasure, District Six Homecomeing Centre, Cape Town. 
2016: Beyond Binaries, Essence Festival, Durban; Durban Art Gallery; KZNSA.
2013: Lights, camera, fire, artSPACE, Durban.
2010: Bonani Africa
2010: Festival of photography, Iziko Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.
2010: 1910-2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
2010: Joburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg.
2010: Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg.
2010: UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria.
2009: Voices, End Conscription Campaign, Spier, Stellenbosch.
2009: Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria.
2008: Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, Iziko Castle of Good Hope, Cape Town.
2007: Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
2007: Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, Durban Art Gallery, Durban.
2004: Fatherhood Project, Museum Africa, Johannesburg.
2003: Youth on the Move, Parliament, Cape Town.
2000: Every Child is My Child, African Window Museum, Pretoria.
2000: Living in a Strange Land, Parliament, Cape Town.
2000: Emotions and Relations, Sandton Civic Gallery, Johannesburg.
1999: Lines of Sight: Perspectives in South African Photography, South African National Gallery, Cape Town.
1999: Workers, The Workers Library & Museum, Johannesburg.
1998: National Development Agency, Workers Library, Johannesburg.
1997: South African National Gallery Contemporary Collection, Cape Town.
1997: NGO Coalition, Johannesburg.
1995: Black Looks, White Myths, Africus Johannesburg Biennale, MuseumAfrica, Johannesburg.
1994: This Land is Our Land, Bloemfontein.
1989: Beyond the Barricades, Market Photo Gallery, Johannesburg.
1988: Ten Years of Staffrider, Market Photo Gallery, Johannesburg.
1987: History Workshop, Wits University, Johannesburg.
1985: South Africa – The Cordoned Heart, University of Cape Town, Cape Town.
1984: Women at Work, Johannesburg.

Group Exhibitions - International

2021: Revelations (with Samora Chapman), Palacio de Ferro, Luanda, Angola.
2019:  Highly Personal – South African Artists and Their Handprint Portraits, Daiter Gallery, Chicago. 
2019: Soil is an inscribed body: On Sovereignty, Agropoetics and Struggles for Liberations, SAVVY Contemporary, Berlin. 
2018: Terre de Uomini, Fondazione Fotographia, Modena. 
2012: Mine, Dubai Communtiy Arts Centre, Dubai.
2010: South African Photography: 1950 to 2010, Willy Brandt Haus, Berlin; Goch Museum, Goch, Germany.
2010: Hearts and Minds, Savanah College of Art and Design, Georgia, USA.
2010: Africa: See You, See Me!, Grey Art Gallery, New York; Accra; Lagos; Piazze della Signoria, Florence.
2007: Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, Melbourne Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia; Sweden.
2003: Johannesburg Alive, Bogota, Columbia.
2002: Group Portraits, Nine South African Families, Tropen Museum, Amsterdam.
2002: Maison Descartes, Amsterdam Photography Biennale, Amsterdam.
2002: Bamako African Photography Biennale, Bamako, Mali.
2000: Capitals, Espace Matisse, Lille, France.
1998: 3rd Festival of African Photography, Bamako, Mali.
1998: Democracy’s Images: Photography and Visual Art after Apartheid, Bildmuseet, Umea; Uppsala Art Museum, Boras Art Museum, Malmo Museum, Sundsvallas Museum, Sweden, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg; Impression Gallery, UK; Pori Art Museum, Finland.
1996: Colours-Contemporary Art from South Africa, Haus de Kulturen de Welt, Berlin, Germany.
1990: Zabalaza Festival, London, UK.
1987: Culture in another South Africa, Amsterdam, Holland. Health, South Africa & Germany.
1985: South Africa: Cordoned Heart, International Centre for Photography, New York & The Photographers Gallery, London.
1983: Nicht Wir Uns Trennen, Germany.


2010: Lecture, New York University, New York.
2010: Panelist, ArchitectureZA 2010 Conference, Johannesburg.
2010: Panelist, Africa on My Mind symposium, Savannah College of Arts and Design, Georgia, USA.
2010: Presented a talk and slide show at University of Western Cape, Bellville, Cape Town.
1999: Participant (delivered paper), Encounters Photography Conference, Cape Town.


South African Broadcasting Corporation
South African Development Bank
Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
Ukhozi FM
Ford Foundation
Cheadle Thompson and Haysom
Johannesburg Housing Company
Radio Metro
MOTT Foundation
De Beers
Safer Africa
Sheer Sounds

Publications - work featured in books

2011: Ralf-P. Seippel (ed.), Call and Response, Hatje Cantzand & Fourthwall Books, Johannesburg. 
2015: Cedric Nunn, Unsettled: The 100 Year War of Resistance by Xhosa Agaisnt Boer and British, Penguin Random House, Johannesburg.
2009: Darren Newbury, Defiant Images: Photography and Apartheid South Africa, Unisa Press, Pretoria.
2007: Gavin Chawtra, Andre du Pisani & Abillah Omari (eds), Security and Democracy in Southern Africa, Wits University Press, Johannesburg.
2004: Edgar Pieterse & Frank Meintjies (eds.), Voices of the transition: the politics, poetics and practices of social change in South Africa, Heinemann, Sandown.
2004: Gwen Ansell, Soweto blues: Jazz, Popular Music and Politics in South Africa, Continuum, New York.
2003: Melanie Samson, Dumping on Women: Gender and Privatisation of Waste Management, SAMWU and Municipal Services Project, Athlone.
2002: Omar Badsha (ed.) With Our Own Hands: Alleviating Poverty in South Africa, Department of Public Works, Pretoria.
1998: Shamin Meer, Women Speak: Reflections On Our Struggle 1982-1997, Kwela Books, Cape Town.
1998: Karen Hurt & Debbie Budlender (eds), Money Matters: Women and the Government Budget, Institute for Democracy in South Africa, Cape Town.
1992: South Africa-State of Fear, Amnesty International, London.
1990: Jurgen Schadeberg (ed.), Nelson Mandela and The Rise of the ANC, Bloomsbury, London.
1989: Iris Tillman Hill & Alex Harris (eds), Beyond the Barricades: Popular Resistance in South Africa, Aperture Books in association with the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, New York.
1989: Francis Wilson & Mamphela Ramphele (eds), Uprooting Poverty: The South African challenge, David Philip, Cape Town.
1988: Andries Oliphant, Ten Years of Staffrider, Ravan Press, Johannesburg.
1986: Omar Badsha (ed.), South Africa: The Cordoned Heart, Gallery Press, Cape Town & W.W. Norton and Co., New York (Text by Francis Wilson). Patricia Henderson, Waaihoek, Association for Rural Development, Pietermaritzburg.
1985: Jane Barret et al., Vukani Makhosikazi: South African Women Speak, Catholic Institute for International Relations, London.

Publications - work featured in catalogues

2010: Delia Klask & Ralf-P Seipel (eds), South African Photography: 1950 to 2010, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern.
2009: Andrew Armacost et al (eds), Beyond Beauty: The Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University, Duke University Press, Durham.
2007: Michael Godby, Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers, Highveld Press, Johannesburg.
2006: Department of Arts and Culture South Africa (ed.), Africa is Calling: South African Arts and Culture Manifestation in Germany.
1998: Jan Lundstrom & Katarina Pierre (eds) Democracy’s Images: Photography and Visual Art After Apartheid, Umea University, Umea.
1995: Tumelo Mosaka & Octavio Zaya (eds), Black Looks, White Myths, Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores de Espana, Spain (Africus Johannesburg Biennale catalogue).

Publications - work featured in newspapers

South Africa: Die Vrye Weekblad, The Star, Sunday Express, The Rand Daily Mail, Sunday Times, Sunday Independent, City Press, Mail & Guardian, New Nation, South, The New African, Daily News, Natal Mercury, Umafrika, Reconstruct.
Europe and United States: London Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, The Independent, Guardian, New York Times, Boston Chronicle for Higher Education, Dagens Industri, Le Humanite.

Publications - work featured in magazines

South Africa: Ford Foundation Annual Report 1999/2000, Leadership, Indicator, Speak, Frontline, New Era, Pace, Drum, Upbeat, Learn and teach, Work in Progress, State of the Nation, Ecunews, Diakonia News, Cosmopolitan, Agenda, Critical Health, New Ground, Labour Bulletin, Financial Mail, Die Suid Afrikaan, Leading Edge, Finance Weeks, Development Bank of S.A., Success S.A. Enterprise
Europe and United States: Jazz Times, Telerama, Nova Ecologia, Jeune Afrique, Der Spiegel and Panascope.


Independent Electoral Commission, Directorate for AIDS and Communicable Diseases, Beyond Awareness AIDS Media Campaign, Gauteng Department of Housing, Nordic Council of Ministers, Presidents Office, Department of Public Works, Department of Labour, Department of Health, Johannesburg City, ESETA, Johannesburg City Parks, Albert Luthuli Museums, National Development Agency, PetroSA, SaferAfrica, Transnet


2015: Lecturer, South African Artists in Focus series, the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Director, Endaweni Photographic, Richmond, KwaZulu-Natal.
2005: Director, 'Blood Relatives'™ Video Documentary, SABC.
2004: Judge, Vodacom Photography Journalist of the Year awards.
2003: Judge, Vodacom Photography Journalist of the Year awards.
2002: Convener, Fuji Press Photo’s awards.
2001: Board member, The Bensusan Museum of Photography, MuseumAfrica, Johannesburg.
2000: Beyond Awareness Campaign, Government sponsored HIV/AIDS campaign to make media available to the public. 
1999: Judge, Fuji Press Awards.
199: Participant, Shuttle 99 Cultural collaboration between Scandinavian countries and South Africa.
1998-2000: Director, Market Photo Workshop, Johannesburg.
1998: Attended workshops and visited Helsinki as part of South African delegation.
1999: Curator, Lines of Sight: Perspectives on South African Photography, South African National Gallery.
1982-1990: Co-founded, Afrapix with Paul Weinberg, Peter McKenzie and Omar Badsha.
1974-1981: Worked at Hullets Sugar Mill, KwaZulu-Natal.


Candice Jansen, The Land of Cedric Nunn, (ASAI, 2019).