Dineo Seshee Bopape was born in 1981, Polokwane, South Africa. She graduated in painting and sculpture at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa, receiving her national diploma in fine arts in 2002 and graduating cum laude with a bachelors technology degree in fine arts in 2004. She is a 2007 graduate of De Ateliers in Amsterdam and was granted a residency from the Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam, in 2008. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, New York City, in 2010, and completed a Fountainhead Residency, Miami, in 2011. She was the winner of the 2008 MTN New Contemporaries Award, and the recipient of a 2010 Columbia University Toby Fund Award.
She’s a multidipliscinary artist. She used video, installation, performance..
Her work focused on different themes like: sexuality, race or psychology. She’s an artist attentive to social issue. Her installations usually are surreal with different objects on it. In a short of biographical story she tries to reference everything that happened in 1981, the year of her birth: from the Brixton riots to the launch of MTV, the death of Bob Marley, the first flight of the Boeing 767, an earthquake in China, Apartheid SA invading Angola…
She said: “I am quite interested in the fact that everything happens simultaniously, and that the center of it all is everywhere, depending on your position. To some people a thing looks blue from their perspective, to others it looks red. It is maybe the same in my installations: using things that are different from each other but that exist at the same time and in coexistence with each other. That can be a personal picture, a piece of fabric, or a wooden frame.”
She was included in the current show ‘The Progress of Love‘, a collaboration between The Menil Collection, Houston, the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, and the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, St Louis.
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