supported by the Norwegian Arts Council
Dineo Seshee Bopape
Di Kopana Ka Merithi (via Shadows They Meet)
Artist Talk and Screening
Saturday 11. April, 19:00-21:00
Dineo Seshee Bopape was born in 1981, on a Sunday. If she were ghanain, her name would be akosua/akos for short. During the same year of her birth, the Brixton riots took place; two people were injured when a bomb exploded in a Durban shopping center; bobby sands dies; mtv is launched; the boeing 767 makes its first airflight; umkonto we sizwe performs numerous underground assualts against the apartheid state. There was an earthquake in china that killed maybe 50people. The name ‘internet’ is mentioned for the first time; Hosni mubarack was elected president of Egypt; there is a coup d’etat in Ghana; princess Diana of Britain marries charles; bob Marley dies; apartheid SA invades Angola; AIDS is identified/ created/named; salman rushdie releases his book “midnight’s children”; the remains of the titanic are found; muhamed ali retires; Norway becomes the first country to make homophobia illegal; Daylight saving time is not observed in Brazzaville; the first test tube baby is born, Winnie mandela’s banishment orders are renewed for another 5 years; the song “endless love” is popular on the airwaves; julius malema is born in the region of her birth- and in the same region, her paternal grandmother dies affected by dementia; that year millions of people cried and billions of people laughed.... The world’s population was then apparently at around 4.529 billion... today she(bopape) is one amongst 7 billion - occupying multiple adjectives.
Other concurrent events of the year of her birth, and of her lifetime, are perhaps too many to fully know....
Bopape attained her visual arts B-Tech from the Durban Institute of Technology and Design in 2004, after which she completed a two-year residency at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2005-2007); in 2010, Bopape graduated with an MFA from Columbia University, New York. Bopape has featured in countless international group shows, she has also numerous international solo exhibitions, including: 'The Generational: Younger than Jesus', the New Museum of New York (2009); 'you fucking horrible bitch!', Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam (2009); 'Meanwhile, Suddenly... and Then', 12th Biennale of Lyon (2013), and 'Ruffneck Constructivists', Institute of Contemporary Art, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2014). Bopapae is currently completing a residency at Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen. Bopape is represented by Stevenson Gallery, South Africa.