Dineo Seshee Bopape

South African, b. 1981

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Dineo Seshee Bopape

South African, b. 1981

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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.

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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.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
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Solo show at a major institution
Palais de Tokyo
Group
Group show at a major institution
New Museum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Berlin Biennale, and 5 more
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