Dineo Seshee Bopape

Dineo S. Bopape, 'grass green/sky blue (because you stood on the highest court in the land insisting on your humanity)', (2008). Courtesy: Stevenson
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Dineo Seshee Bopape was born in 1981 in Polokwane, South Africa. She was the winner of the 2008 MTN New Contemporaries Award, recipient of a 2010 Columbia University Toby Fund Award, Future Generation Prize 2017 and the Sharjah Biennial 13 Prize.

Dineo Seshee Bopape is known for her playful, experimental video works and cluttered installations of found objects that explore the performative aspects of culture. In her video/installation work The Eclipse Will Not be Visible to the Naked Eye (2009), Bopape attempts to reconnect with her conservative South African hometown Polokwane after years of studying abroad. She films herself returning to Polokwane in a bright red dress that contrasts jarringly with her surroundings; viewers watch the video play amid an installation full of objects that suggest the trappings of suburban domesticity. Increasingly focusing her practice on time-based mediums, Bopape has in recent years explored virtual space in order to question, as she says, “If there is space within the virtual, how deep does it go? How far can a sound or an image recede?” Her more recent video works often comprise surreal mashups of both abstract and representational imagery—flowers and seascapes—combined with animation, found footage, and sounds.






222, Phurulloga, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany

and- in. the light of this.______, Darling Foundry Montreal, Canada



Untiteled (Of Occult Instability) [Feelings], Palais de Tokyo Paris , France



slow-co-ruption, Hayward Gallery, London, UK



Kgoro Ya Go Tšwa: Even If You Fall From A Circle. Stevenson Cape Town, South Africa



lešobana!! lešobana! lešobana!! (le bulegile); lešobana! lešobana! lešobana!! (go phunyegile), Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa



long live the immaterial … effect no.55, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam

the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

like to remember things my own way, annarumma 404, Naples



you fucking horrible bitch!, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands



love strung, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

it’s a celebration bitches!!!, Thami Mnyele Studio, Amsterdam, Netherlands



non in mind (fictions unending) dreamweaver and other stories, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands



keep it to yourself, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa






13. Sharjah Biennale,United Arab Emirates



6. Marrakeschh Biennale, Morocco

Biennale de Montréal, Canada

32. Sao Paulo Biennale, Brasil



Jewish Museum New York, USA

GLOBALE: Infosphäre, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany



“Ruffnek Constructivists“, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Chroma, Stevenson, Cape Town



My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France

Anthropology of Things and People. Arsenal gallery, Bialystok, Poland

Digitale Afrique (Digital Africa), La Bastide St Joseph, Marseilles, France

! Kauru: Cultural Brokerage – Africa Imagined Act 1, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa

The Beautyful Ones, Nolan Judin, Berlin, Germany



The Progress of Love, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, USA

Fiction as Fiction (Or, A Ninth Johannesburg Biennale), Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

About Menocchio we know many things, Bétonsalon Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris, France

If A Tree…, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa

The Next Generation, Pulchri Studio, The Hague

Mine – A selection of films by SA artists, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Dubai



What we talk about when we talk about love, Stevenson, Cape Town

Don’t/Panic, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa

Geography of Somewhere, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa

Lens: Fractions of Contemporary Photography and Video in South Africa, Stellenbosch University Art Museum, Stellenbosch

(Re)constructions: Contemporary art in South Africa, Museum of Contemporary Art, Niterói, Brazil

20 Years Thami Mnyele Foundation, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Space, Ritual, Absence: Liminality in South African visual art, FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

Mine: A selection of films by South African artists, Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, Germany

Alterating Conditions: Performing performance art in SA, GoetheonMain, Johannesburg, South Africa



Act IX: Let Us Compare Mythologies, Witte de With, Rotterdam

Ampersand, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany

Siren, Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, USA

Aaah, Liz, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Derangement, CCS Bard, New York, USA

Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art, Fotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK



Dada South?, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Summer 2009/10: Projects Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in contemporary South African art, 2009. Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, UK

Dystopia, Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria (travelling exhibition)

Brick + Mortar Video Art Festival, Greenfields, MA, USA

Rebelle: Art and Feminism 1969-2009, Moderne Kunst Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Innovative Women, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg (travelling exhibition)

Beauty and Pleasure in South African Contemporary Art, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo

April Meetings Festival, Belgrade, Serbia

The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York, USA

Multipistes, Meneer De Wit Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Postcards Beyond the Edge, Guth Garfa International Documentary Film Festival, Donegal, Ireland

Under Construction 1, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands



Black Womanhood: Images, icons, and ideologies of the African body, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, MA, USA

MTN New Contemporaries Award 2008, University of Johannesburg Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa

Scratching the Surface Vol 1, Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

Selection from Scratching the Surface Vol 1, L’apartment 22, Rabat, Morocco

Disguise: The art of attracting and deflecting attention, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

Cutting the Cake, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands

In Transition Russia 2008, various locations, Moscow, Russia

ZA: Young Art from South Africa, Palazzo Delle Papesse, Siena, Italy



Cape 07, Cape Town, South Africa

Off-Spring, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands

To a New Common Place, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands



New Painting, KZNSA Gallery, Durban (travelling exhibition), South Africa

Shared History/Decolonizing the Image, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands

De Grote Oversteek, Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, The Netherlands

Hotspots Johannesburg: Post Whites Only, Rotterdam Film Festival, Off-Corso, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Duo Show: Dineo Bopape and Thulani Shongwe, Gallery 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands



Urban twothousandandfive: Five urban women’s stories, African Art Centre, Durban, South Africa

In the Making: Materials and process, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa

Orientations and Illusions, for prog:ME, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nivea: START Art Competition finalists, NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

Paperworks, NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

Red Eye-Rouge, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa

ABSA l’Atelier finalists exhibition, Alliance Francaise, Durban, South Africa



Tangencya 2004/5, Durban, South Africa

Women’s Day-Imvubelo 2004, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa

Rejected-Abangafuneki, NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

WeAreHere, BAT Centre, Durban, South Africa

Crimes of Passion, Bean Bag Bohemia, Durban, South Africa



BAT Centre Christmas Show, BAT Centre Gallery, Durban, South Africa

Samp and Beans, Bean Bag Bohemia, Durban, South Africa

Women’s Day workshop/exhibition, BAT Center, Durban, South Africa

THWASA – a Thirrd Eye initiative (invited artist), KZNSA, Durban, South Africa

My life as a reflection of other women’s lives in South Africa, Women’s Day exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa



‘the ideal performance’ as part of ‘On Morality’, Witte De With, Rotterdam (2010)

‘Mandelas Ego’, panel discussion with Gabi Ncgobo, Hlonipha Mokoena, Lee Ursus, curated by Dineo Bopape and Gabi Ngcobo, The New Museum, New York (2010)

‘Head Wrap’, collaborative TV performance with Azwi Magoro, South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (2008)

PULSE project, RAIN Project of Reijks Akademie -assistant to artist , Durban, South Africa