Dan Halter's work engages with empire and the continued impact of colonialism on the African continent. Through sculpture, assemblage and woven text, he examines the vestiges of the colonial experience as lived through exile and migration. Originally rooted in his experience as a displaced Zimbabwean, Halter looks at the mobilisation of large sections of the global population and the underlying economic and political forces that have precipitated these migrations. Halter uses the language of craft and curio ubiquitous to his native Zimbabwe to literally weave together unexpected paradigms and comment, on amongst other things, the growing presence and economic influence of China in resource rich African countries. Halter's work is a response to global current events and a wry analysis of the continued ramifications of historic exploitation and the failure of the post-colonial state.
Dan Halter was born in Zimbabwe in 1977. In addition to five solo exhibitions Halter has participated in numerous group shows including US at the Iziko South African National Gallery, curated by Simon Njami, Zeitgenössiche Fotokunst aus Südafrika at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK), 2009 Havana Biennale and Earth Matters at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC. He has completed four international residencies, in Zürich, Rio de Janeiro, Scotland and Turin. Recent exhibitions include Brave New World...20 Years of Democracy at the Iziko South African National Gallery and The Original is Unfaithful to the Translation at WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town. Dan Halter lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.