Dineo Seshee Bopape

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MoMA New York, 2023
MoMA New York, 2023

Dineo Seshee Bopape (b. 1981, Polokwane, South Africa) lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Bopape spent her youth in Limpopo in varying social situations. At 12, she began to follow a hunger for an elsewhere, beginning with Durban where she spent some years and studied painting and sculpture at Durban Institute of Technology. She is a 2007 graduate of De Ateliers in Amsterdam and in 2010 completed an MFA at Columbia University, New York. She was a co-winner of the Artes Mundi 9 prize in 2021, the main prize winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2017 by PinchukArtCentre, the recipient of a 2010 Columbia University Toby Fund Award, and the winner of 2008 MTN New Contemporaries Award.

She has shown her work internationally in numerous solo exhibitions – most recently at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan; Ocean Space, Venice and Secession, Vienna (2022); Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond (2021); Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, and Darling Foundry, Montreal (2017); Art in General, New York, and Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016); Hordeland Kunst Sentrum, Bergen, and Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (2015); as well as group shows including the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection (2023); the 23rd Biennale of Sydney (2022); Prospect New Orleans (2021); Busan Biennale (2020); Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art (2018); Sharjah Biennale (2017); Marrakech Biennale, Bienal de São Paulo, Montreal Biennale, and SeMA – Media City Seoul (2016); and Biennale de Lyon, (2013). She co-represented South-Africa at the Venice Biennial in 2019.

Dineo Seshee Bopape was born in the year of the golden rooster, 1981(1974 in the Ethiopian calendar), on a Sunday. If she were Ghanaian, her name would be akosua/akos for short. During the same year of her birth, there were perhaps 22 recorded Atlantic Ocean hurricanes and 4 Indian Ocean cyclones close to Mozambique. The Brixton riots took place; the song “endless love” is popular on the airwaves; Umkhonto We Sizwe performs numerous underground assaults against the apartheid state. the Boeing 767 makes its first air flight, Zaire is the premier producer of the world’s cobalt, Winnie Mandela’s banishment orders are renewed for another 5 years; In Chile, the Water Code is established, separating water ownership from land ownership; two people were injured when a bomb exploded in a Durban shopping center; Bobby Sands dies; There was an earthquake that killed maybe 50 people in China; an International NGO Conference on Indigenous Populations and the Land is held in Geneva, The name “internet” is mentioned for the first time; there is a coup d’etat in Ghana; princess Diana of Britain marries Charles; Bob Marley dies; an annular solar eclipse is visible in the Pacific Ocean. apartheid SA invades Angola; AIDS is identified/ created/named; Salman Rushdie releases his book “Midnight’s Children” ; Greece is struck by three earthquakes over a period of 11 days; the Slave trade is officially abolished in Mauritania; the remains of the Titanic are found; Muhammad Ali retires; USA and Japan are in the leading position in the seabed-mining industry, the 15th IVF baby is born, Thomas Sankara rides a bike to his first cabinet meeting;  Machu Picchu is declared a heritage site; a series of apparitions of The VirginMary commence to a group of school girls in Rwanda, also similarly, in Yugoslavia. New Zealand recognized 16 rivers and lakes as “Outstanding” and protected them in perpetuity. her paternal grandmother dies affected by dementia; MTV is launched; It is said that right whales born in that year, are taller than right whales born since. Other concurrent events of the year of her birth, and of her lifetime, are perhaps too many to fully know; Some things continued, some transformed, some shifted, others ended(?) some began… The world’s human population was then apparently at around 4.529 billion... today she (Bopape) is one amongst 7 billion - occupying multiple adjectives.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2023 Projects: Dineo Seshee Bopape, The Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Lobby, MoMA, New York, USA
(ka) pheko ye – the dream to come, Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland
2022 Born in the first light of the morning [moswara’marapo], Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy
The Soul Expanding Ocean #3, Ocean Space, Venice, Italy
Lerato le le golo (...la go hloka bo kantle), secession Vienna, Austria
2020 New, Site-Responsive Commissions, The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (ICA at VCU), Richmond, Virginia, USA
2019 Dineo Seshee Bopape: Sedibeng, it comes with the rain, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, United Kingdom
2018 When Spirituality was a Baby, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland
Lerole: footnotes. (The struggle of memory against forgetting), Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg, Germany
Solo Exhibition: Main Prize winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2017, PinchukArtCentre Kiev, Ukraine
2017 Lerole: footnotes (The struggle of memory against forgetting), Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Netherlands
sa kosa ke lerole, The Gallery in the Round, National Arts Festival Grahamstown, Grahamstown, South Africa
and- in. the light of this. _____, Darling Foundry, Montreal, Canada
222, PHURULLOGA, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Germany
2016 sa ______ ke lerole, (sa lerole ke ___ ), Art in General, New York, USA
Untitled [of occult instability] (feelings) Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
2015 Slow-co-ruption, Hayward Gallery Project space, London, United Kingdom
we need the memories of all our members, Hordeland Kunst Sentrum, Bergen, Norway
2014 This is What You Will Look Like When You Die/After Ana Mandieta, August House, Johannesburg, South Africa
2013 Kgoro ya go tswa: even if you fall from a circle, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2011 lesobana!! lesobana! lesobana!! (le bulegile); lesobana! lesobana! lesobana!! (go phunyegile), Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
2010 Long Live the Immaterial...Effect no.55, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye, Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
I like to remember things my own way, Annarumma 404, Napoli, Italy
ANTRHOPHOBIA installation at ABC art Fair in Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2009 You Horrible Horrible Bitch!, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands Solo Project ARCO-Art Fair, represented by Mart House Gallery, Madrid, Spain, curated by Susanne Neubauer
2008 Love Strung, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
It’s a Celebration Bitches!!!, Thami Mnyele Studio, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Non in Mind (fictions unending) dream weaver and other stories, Rotterdam Art Fair – represented by Mart House Gallery, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2007 Non in Mind (fictions unending) dreamweaver and other stories, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2005 Keep it to Yourself, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023 AVANT L'ORAGE, Pinault Collection Bourse de Commerce, Paris, France
Thick as Mud, Henry Art Gallery; University of Washington, Seattle, USA
ICÔNES, Pinault Collection Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Helsinki Biennial, Helsinki, Finland
The Struggle of Memory – Deutsche Bank Collection, PalaisPopulaire Berlin, Germany
2022 HDTS 2022: The Searchers, Joshua Tree, Southern California, USA
15th Triennial of Small Sculpture Fellbach: The Vibration of Things, Fellbach, Germany
23rd Biennale of Sydney - Rīvus, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Manifesta 14, Prishtina, Kosovo
Back to Earth, Kensington Gardens, The Magazine Café and Serpentine North Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2021 “Everyone Is an Artist” Cosmopolitical Exercises with Joseph Beuys, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Artes Mundi 9, National Museum of Cardiff, Wales
How to Make a Country, FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Anglouême, France
2019 SOFT POWER, SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA
Co-representing South Africa: The Stronger We Become, Arsenale, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
Perilous Bodies, Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, USA
2018 BELIEVE, Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Canada
57th October Salon: The Marvellous Cacophony, Belgrade, Serbia
We Don’t Need Another Hero, 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany
2017 Future Generation Art Prize, Venice, Italy
Conundrum of Imagination, Exhibition as part of the Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria
Sharjah Biennale 13: Tamawuj, Sharjah, UAE
Exhibition of shortlisted artists: Future Generation Art Prize 17, Pinchuk Art Center, Kiev, Ukraine
Blind Date, Sfeir Semler Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon
2016 Not New Now, Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech, Morocco
Incerteza Viva (Live Uncertainty), Sao Paulo Biennale, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Le Grand Balcon (The Grand Balcony), Montreal Biennale, Montreal, Canada
Apeirophobia/Aporia, Human Resources, Los Angeles, USA
Neriri Kiruru Harara, SEMA - Media City Seoul 2016, Seoul, South Korea
What We Have Overlooked, Framer Framed, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Spirit Robot, Chale Wote 2016, Accra, Ghana, West Africa
2015 The Film Will Always Be With You: South African Artists On Screen, Tate Modern, London, United Kingdom
Spatial Stories: Topographies of Change in Africa, The Center for Visual Art, Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado, USA
diagno: tocolo, M1, Hohenlockstedt, Germany
Avant Noir, ICA, London, United Kingdom
2014 Spring/Break, Old School, New York, USA;
Ruffneck Constructivists, ICA, Philadelphia, USA
Lightning Speed of the Present, 808 gallery, Boston University, Boston, USA
Soundscape/dispoem,Tropen Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Critically Queer, Africa Center for Humanities, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Stalactica, Galerie de l‘Ancienne Quincaillerie Vander Eycken, Brussels, Belgium
Nuit Blanche 2014, Toronto, Canada
The Danjuma Collection: One Man’s Trash (Is Another Man’s Treasure), 33 Fitzroy Square, London, United Kingdom

Awards and Residencies

2021 Artes Mundi, Wales, United Kingdom