Visual artist and photographer Bruce Clarke was born in 1959 in London to South African parents in exile because of their anti-apartheid political activity. After
studying at the Beaux-Arts at the University of Leeds, he moved to Paris as a base for creating and reflecting on the world.
His work deals with contemporary history, deconstructs the ways of thinking and representations of our societies to stimulate a reflection on the world today. At
Bruce Clarke, plastic work is inseparable from political activism. An important figure in the anti-apartheid movement in France, Bruce, as soon as he arrived in Paris, became one of the main actors
in the mobilization of French public opinion against the regime of racial separation in South Africa. As Nelson Mandela comes to power in South Africa, the genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda takes
place. Close to the Rwandan community living in Europe, Bruce Clarke is doing a photo report a few weeks after the genocide. At the request of survivors of the genocide, he began in 2000, on the site
of a massacre near Kigali, "The Garden of the Memo-re", a memorial in the form of a monumental installation, supported by civil society, the Rwandan institutions and UNESCO.
Invited by the General Council of Guadeloupe, he realized in 2002 the exhibition "Fragments of a History of Tomorrow" on the links between slavery, colonialism
In 2006, his book "Dominations" published by Homnisphères.
His artistic approach Starting from torn fragments, newspapers, posters, he binds words and colors. Words and images are integrated and recomposed on the canvas.
The elements of collages are taken as unique, individual entities, then drowned, covered, coated to thicken and opacify the support before reappearing otherwise, in the form of a vast palimpses-te.
His approach as a visual artist is in itself a commitment, a critical commentary on the world.