ABOUT

Michael MacGarry is a creative director and graphic designer with a background in visual art and filmmaking based in Johannesburg. Michael’s design specialises in editorial, corporate identity, print, exhibition and interface design applications. Michael is the author of Skill Set One: Graphic Design, a 35 000-word, 180-page reference book on South African graphic design, published by DK Publishing. He has over ten years experience in graphic design and art direction both locally and in Europe, and holds an MFA (Distinction) from Wits University. He is a recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art (2010) and a Fellow of the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) at U.C.T. As a freelance writer Michael has written for House & Leisure, Art South Africa, STAGE and Design Indaba magazines. As a visual artist Michael has exhibited internationally for more than ten years including Tate Modern, Guggenheim Bilbao and Iziko South African National Gallery. As a filmmaker Michael has shown on over 30 international film festivals including 19th VideoBrasil, 62nd Short Film Festival Oberhausen, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Les Rencontres Internationales.

 

>Please download the 2016 Portfolio PDF here

 

Design Work Experience

2014 - 2015
The Content Bar, Johannesburg

2006 - 2010
Fever Identity Design, Johannesburg

2004 - 2006
The Trinity Session, Johannesburg

2002 - 2004
Brockway Associates, London, U.K.

2001 - 2002
Sexton Design + Media, Dublin, Ireland

 

Education

2012 Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) Fellowship 2012
2004 MFA (Distinction), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
2000 BFA (Cum Laude, Dean’s List), Technikon Natal, Durban
1999 International Student Exchange: Cheltenham & Gloucester College – Cheltenham, U.K.

 

Awards

Jury Award: Special Mention, Sign Awards, 14th International Zeichen der Nacht, Bangkok, 2016
Jury Prize: Honorable Mention - 19th Sesc_VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo, 2015
El Ray Award: Excellence in Narrative Short Filmmaking - Barcelona Film Festival 2015
Jury Prize: Honorable Mention - K3 International Film Festival, Villach, Austria, 2015
Jury Award: Special Mention, 13th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris, 2015
Huysmans Young African Filmmaker Award 2015 - Finalist
Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) Fellowship, 2012
Standard Bank Young Artist Award 2010
South Design Awards, 2008 - Finalist
MTN New Contemporaries Award, 2008 - Finalist
Full Merit Scholarship, University of the Witwatersrand, 2005
National Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, 2004
Emma Smith Award, 2000 - Finalist
Cum Laude and Dean’s Commendation, 2000

 

Selected Client List

Appletiser, Chivas Regal, Virgin Hotels Ltd., Vodacom Rugby, Havas Worldwide, Toyota, LMAD Collection, David Krut Publishing, Goodman Gallery, Draft FCB, Distell, Dstv, Iziko Museums, TBWA Hunt-Lascaris, Tiger Brands, MTV Base, Pernod-Richard, Ster-Kinekor, Goethe Institut, Mutual & Federal, Coca-Cola (U.K.), Du Pont Telecom, VISA, Mercedes-Benz, South African Breweries, 1Time Airlines, Radar, African Access Holdings, Ogilvy (JHB + CPT), Tushingham Windsurfing and Paragon Architects.

 

Bibliography

McInnes, J., Mistry, J., Titlestad, M. (eds.); When Tomorrow Comes (catalogue); Wits Art Museum; Johannesburg; 2016
FNB JoburgArtFair catalogue; Artlogic; Johanessburg; 2015
Holm, M. J. & Kallehauge, M. M. (editors); Africa - Architecture, Culture, Identity; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art; Humlebaek, Denmark; 2015
Enwezor, O. & Klein, A. (editors); Making Africa - A Continent of Contemporary Design; Vitra Design Museum; Weil am Rhein, Germany; 2015
Farkas, S.(ed.); 19th VideoBrasil catalogue; Sesc_Pompeia, Associação Cultural Videobrasil; São Paulo; 2015
Fourie, A.; The film will always be you; Revolver Publishing; Berlin; 2015
Carels, E.; International Film Festival catalogue; IFFR; Rotterdam; 2015
MacGarry, M.; Chocolate City; STEVENSON; Cape Town; 2012
MacGarry, M.; The Other Half; STEVENSON; Cape Town; 2012
Goniwe, T.; Space: Currencies in Contemporary African Art; Africa World Press; Pretoria; 2012
Design Indaba; Interactive Africa; Cape Town; August 2011; pp.46-52
MacGarry, M.; The Republic of Luanda; All Theory. No Practice. and STEVENSON; Cape Town; 2011
Anogwih, J., Greenberg K. (Ed.); Contested Terrains; TATE Modern; London; 2011
Metsola, S., Slitari, P., Vanhala, J.P. (Ed.); ARS11; Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma; Helsinki; 2011
MacGarry, M.; END GAME - Standard Bank Young Artist Award catalogue; All Theory. No Practice.; Cape Town; 2010
Anders, P. and Krouse, M. (Ed.); Positions – Contemporary Artists in South Africa; Jacana; Johannesburg; 2010
Bosland, J. & Perryer, S. (Ed.); This is Our Time; STEVENSON; Cape Town; 20010
Douglas, A. (Ed.); A Life Less Ordinary – Performance and Display in South African Art; Djanogly Art Gallery; Nottingham, U.K.; 2009
Williamson, Sue; South African Art Now; HarperCollins; New York; 2009
Self/ Not Self; Brodie/Stevenson; Johannesburg; 2009
Joburg Art Fair Catalogue; Art Logic; Johannesburg; 2009
MacGarry, M.; Skill Set One – Graphic Design; David Krut Publishing; Johannesburg; 2008
Joburg Art Fair Catalogue; Art Logic; Johannesburg; 2008
When Enough People Start Saying the Same Thing; Art Extra & All Theory. No Practice.; Johannesburg; 2008
MTN New Contemporaries; MTN Art Foundation; Johannesburg; 2008
The New Spell at David Krut Projects, New York; David Krut Publishing; Johannesburg; 2008
One Small Seed; One Small Seed; Cape Town; August 2008; pp. 106-110
Enjin; Undo Media; Johannesburg; 2008: pp. 12-15
Art South Africa; Bell-Roberts Publishing; Cape Town; Winter 2008; p. 96
Art South Africa; Bell-Roberts Publishing; Cape Town; Autumn 2008; pp. 78-79
Design Indaba; Interactive Africa; Cape Town; October 2008; pp. 68-71
Design Indaba; Interactive Africa; Cape Town; January 2008; pp. 44-48
MacGarry, M.; Buildings & Other Pastures; All Theory. No Practice.; Johannesburg; 2006
MacGarry, M.; The Economy of Modernity; All Theory. No Practice.; Johannesburg; 2005
MacGarry, M.; Or Until the World Improves; All Theory. No Practice.; Johannesburg; 2005
Design Indaba; Interactive Africa; Cape Town; October 2004; pp. 24-27
MacGarry, M.; Modern Amusement; All Theory. No Practice.; Johannesburg; 2004

 

Film Festivals (Offical Selections)

62nd International Short Film Festival Oberhausen
27th Carthage Film Festival, Tunis, Tunisia
Film Africa 2016, Royal African Society, London
14th Afrika Film Festival, Cologne
Les Rencontres Internationales, Paris & Berlin, 2016
17th Lucania Film Festival, Pisticci, Italy 2016
shnit International Shortfilmfestival 2016
Architect Africa Film Festival, Johannesburg, 2016
14th International Festival Zeichen der Nacht, Bangkok 2016
14th International Festival Zeichen der Nacht, Berlin, 2016
14th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Tucumán, Argentina, 2016
24th Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal 2016
Shnit International Shortfilm Festival 2015
The film will always be you, Iwalewahaus, Bayreuth, Germany, 2015
The film will always be you, TATE Modern, London, 2015
International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2015
Baghdad International Film Festival (BIFF 2015), Iraq
Arquiteturas Film Festival, Lisboa 2015
Cairo Video Festival 2015, Egypt
13th International Festival Signes de Nuit, Paris 2015
K3 Internationales Filmfestival 2015 - Villach, Austria
Edinburgh Short Film Festival, 2015
20th Afrika Film Festival de Belgique (AFF), 2015
Spilt Film Festival, Croatia, 2015
Bergen International Film Festival, 2015
Cine Migrante, Buenos Aires, 2015
24th African, Asian and Latin America Film Festival (FCAAAL), Milan
B3 The Moving Image Biennial, Frankfurt am Main, 2015
Durban International Film Festival, 2015
Jozi Film Festival, Johannesburg, 2015
13th International Festival Signes de Nuit; Lisboa, Saarbrücken, Bangkok, 2015
Africa Salon, Yale University, New Haven, 2015
19th SESC_VideoBrasil, Sao Paulo, 2015
B3 The Moving Image Biennial, Frankfurt am Main, 2015