Dan Halter is informed by his position as a Zimbabwean currently living in South Africa. His work deals with his sense of dislocated national identity, human migration and the dark humor of present realities in Southern Africa. This is largely a backlash due to a history of oppression that continues to manifest today.
Halter uses ubiquitous materials and engage with local popular visual strategies as a form of expression. His work often exploits the language of craft and curio in a conceptual art context. He explores various techniques of fabrication, and this frequently involves collaboration. For the last four years Dan Halter has worked with Bienco Ikete, a refugee from the DRC. Together they have organized a way of weaving paper artworks.
Dan Halter was born in Zimbabwe in 1977. In 2001 he graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BFA. His solo exhibitions include Take Me to Your Leader 2006 (João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town), Never say Never 2008 (Derbylius Gallery, Milan), Double Entry 2010, The Truth Lies Here 2012 and The Original is Unfaithful to The Translation 2015 (Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town). Group shows include the 16th and 17th VideoBrasil (São Paulo) in 2007 and 2011, the 10th Havana Biennale in 2009, the Dakar Biennale in 2010 and Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. He has been an artist in residence in Zürich, Rio de Janeiro, Dufftown in Scotland and Turin, Italy.