Hannes Bernard is a South African artist and educator based in Amsterdam. His practice ahb is research-based, but eclectic in form and medium — including writing and publishing, graphic, film and video installation, curatorial assemblage and generative design.
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    Hannes Bernard (b. 1985) teaches interactive media at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and is member of the lecorate’s Design and the Deep Future artistic research­ group. He was tutor and curator of the Disarming Design master’s program at Sandberg Instituut, which focused on design practices that deal with conditions of conflict and entangled histories. In 2013, he established the artistic collective Sulsolsal (south, sun, salt). SSS studies social and material intersections between Brazil and South Africa, and the uncharted visual ecologies of 'developing' worlds. The collective is displaced between Amsterdam, Cape Town and São Paulo. Sulsolsal is searching for ways to reorient a predominantly Northern-gaze in art and design through new encounters with the Global South. Hannes is a recipient of the Stimuleringsfonds young talent grant and was a resident at the Jan van Eyck Academie from 2016 to 2017. He designed and curated the Staying Alive exhibition for the 4th Istanbul Design Biennial. His publishing includes ‘The Necessity of Unnecessary Things’ in Design Dedication (Amsterdam: Valiz Press, 2020) and 'The Molotov Cocktail' in MacGuffin No.10 (Amsterdam, 2021). His ongoing research interrogates The Grid in graphic design and its displacement dynamics in the Global South as a site for critical inquiry, post-coloniality and design-futuring.

amsterdam / cape town / são paulo heya@ahb.earth