Dineo Seshee Bopape

Dineo Seshee Bopape

Born 1981 in Polokwane, South Africa
Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa

Dineo Seshee Bopape was born in 1981 on a Sunday. If she were Ghanaian, her name would be Akosua/Akos for short. In the year of her birth, the Brixton riots took place; two people were injured when a bomb exploded in a Durban shopping centre. Bobby Sands dies, MTV is launched, the Boeing 767 makes its first air flight, Umkhonto we Sizwe performs numerous underground assault operations against the apartheid state. There was an earthquake in China that killed maybe 50 people. Hosni Mubarak was elected president of Egypt, there was a coup d'etat in Ghana. Princess Diana of Britain married Charles. Bob Marley dies. Apartheid SA invaded Angola. AIDS is identified/created/named. Salman Rushdie releases Midnight's Children. In the region of her birth: Her paternal grandmother died. Julius Malema is born. Millions of people cried. Millions of people laughed! The world's population was apparently at around 4,529-billion. 

Bopape spent her youth in Limpopo in varying social situations. At 12 years of age she began to follow a hunger for an elsewhere, beginning with Durban where she spent some years and studied painting and sculpture. She is a 2007 graduate of De Ateliers in Amsterdam and in 2010 completed an MFA at Columbia University, New York. She was the winner of the 2008 MTN New Contemporaries Award, and the recipient of a 2010 Columbia University Toby Fund Award. She has shown her work in major and minor national and international exhibitions.


Solo exhibitions:

  • 2013. Kgoro Ya Go Tšwa: Even If You Fall From A Circle. Stevenson Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2011. ešobana!! lešobana! lešobana!! (le bulegile); lešobana! lešobana! lešobana!! (go phunyegile), Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2010. long live the immaterial ... effect no.55, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam
  • 2010. the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2010. like to remember things my own way, annarumma 404, Naples
  • 2009. you fucking horrible bitch!, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2008. love strung, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • 2008. it's a celebration bitches!!!, Thami Mnyele Studio, Amsterdam, 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:

  • 2013. My Joburg, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
  • 2013. Anthropology of Things and People. Arsenal gallery, Bialystok, Poland
  • 2013. Digitale Afrique (Digital Africa), La Bastide St Joseph, Marseilles, France
  • 2013. ! Kauru: Cultural Brokerage - Africa Imagined Act 1, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
  • 2013. The Beautyful Ones, Nolan Judin, Berlin, Germany
  • 2012. The Progress of Love, The Menil Collection, Houston, Texas, USA
  • 2012. Fiction as Fiction (Or, A Ninth Johannesburg Biennale), Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2012. About Menocchio we know many things, Bétonsalon Centre d'art et de recherche, Paris, France
  • 2012. If A Tree..., Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2012. The Next Generation, Pulchri Studio, The Hague
  • 2012. Mine - A selection of films by SA artists, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Dubai
  • 2011. What we talk about when we talk about love, Stevenson, Cape Town
  • 2011. Don't/Panic, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • 2011. Geography of Somewhere, Stevenson, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2011. Lens: Fractions of Contemporary Photography and Video in South Africa, Stellenbosch University Art Museum, Stellenbosch
  • 2011. (Re)constructions: Contemporary art in South Africa, Museum of Contemporary Art, Niterói, Brazil
  • 2011. 20 Years Thami Mnyele Foundation, CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2011. Space, Ritual, Absence: Liminality in South African visual art, FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2011. Mine: A selection of films by South African artists, Iwalewa-Haus, University of Bayreuth, Germany
  • 2011. Alterating Conditions: Performing performance art in SA, GoetheonMain, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2010.  Act IX: Let Us Compare Mythologies, Witte de With, Rotterdam
  • 2010.  Ampersand, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
  • 2010.  Siren, Anna Kustera Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2010.  Aaah, Liz, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2010.  Derangement, CCS Bard, New York, USA
  • 2010.  Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art, Fotogallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK
  • 2009. Dada South?, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2009. Summer 2009/10: Projects Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2009. Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in contemporary South African art, 2009. Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, UK
  • 2009. Dystopia, Unisa Art Gallery, Pretoria (travelling exhibition)
  • Brick + Mortar Video Art Festival, Greenfields, MA, USA
  • 2009. Rebelle: Art and Feminism 1969-2009, Moderne Kunst Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, The Netherlands
  • 2009. Innovative Women, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg (travelling exhibition)
  • 2009. Beauty and Pleasure in South African Contemporary Art, The Stenersen Museum, Oslo
  • 2009. April Meetings Festival, Belgrade, Serbia
  • 2009. The Generational: Younger Than Jesus, New Museum, New York, USA
  • 2009. Multipistes, Meneer De Wit Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2009. Thami Mnyele and Medu Art Ensemble Retrospective Exhibition, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2009. Postcards Beyond the Edge, Guth Garfa International Documentary Film Festival, Donegal, Ireland
  • 2009. Under Construction 1, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2008. Black Womanhood: Images, icons, and ideologies of the African body, Davis Museum, Wellesley College, MA, USA
  • 2008. MTN New Contemporaries Award 2008, University of Johannesburg Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2008. Scratching the Surface Vol 1, Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2008. Selection from Scratching the Surface Vol 1, L'apartment 22, Rabat, Morocco
  • 2008. Disguise: The art of attracting and deflecting attention, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2008. Cutting the Cake, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2008. In Transition Russia 2008, various locations, Moscow, Russia
  • 2008. ZA: Young Art from South Africa, Palazzo Delle Papesse, Siena, Italy
  • 2007. Cape 07, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2007. Off-Spring, De Ateliers, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2007. To a New Common Place, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2006. New Painting, KZNSA Gallery, Durban (travelling exhibition), South Africa
  • 2006. Shared History/Decolonizing the Image, W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2006. De Grote Oversteek, Stedelijk Museum Zwolle, The Netherlands
  • 2006. Hotspots Johannesburg: Post Whites Only, Rotterdam Film Festival, Off-Corso, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2006. Duo Show: Dineo Bopape and Thulani Shongwe, Gallery 23, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2005. Urban twothousandandfive: Five urban women's stories, African Art Centre, Durban, South Africa
  • 2005. In the Making: Materials and process, Michael Stevenson, Cape Town, South Africa
  • 2005. Orientations and Illusions, for prog:ME, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2005. Nivea: START Art Competition finalists, NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • 2005. Paperworks, NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • 2005. Red Eye-Rouge, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • 2005. ABSA l'Atelier finalists exhibition, Alliance Francaise, Durban, South Africa
  • 2004. Tangencya 2004/5, Durban, South Africa
  • 2004. Women's Day-Imvubelo 2004, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • 2004. Rejected-Abangafuneki, NSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • 2004. WeAreHere, BAT Centre, Durban, South Africa
  • 2004. Crimes of Passion, Bean Bag Bohemia, Durban, South Africa
  • 2003. BAT Centre Christmas Show, BAT Centre Gallery, Durban, South Africa
  • 2003. Samp and Beans, Bean Bag Bohemia, Durban, South Africa
  • 2003. Women's Day workshop/exhibition, BAT Center, Durban, South Africa
  • 2003. THWASA - a Thirrd Eye initiative (invited artist), KZNSA, Durban, South Africa
  • 2003. My life as a reflection of other women's lives in South Africa, Women's Day exhibition, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa


Awards:

  • 2008. MTN New Contemporaries Award winner, South Africa


Residencies:

  • 2013. Nirox Artist's Residency, Gauteng, South Africa
  • 2012. Darling Foundry Residency, Old Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2011. Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee 2011, Berne, Switzerland
  • 2011. Suburban Residency Program, Sober & Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 2011. Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California, USA
  • 2011. Fountainhead Residency, Miami, Florida, USA
  • 2008. Thami Mnyele, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2007 - 2005. De Ateliers, Amsterdam