Dineo Seshee Bopape
Photo courtesy of Stevenson Johannesburg and Cape Town
Photo courtesy of Stevenson Johannesburg and Cape Town

b. 1981, Polokwane, South Africa

Dineo Seshee Bopape majored in painting and sculpture at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa, receiving her national diploma in fine arts in 2002 and graduating cum laude with a bachelors technology degree in fine arts in 2004. She is a 2007 graduate of De Ateliers in Amsterdam and was granted a residency from the Thami Mnyele Foundation, Amsterdam, in 2008. She earned her MFA from Columbia University, New York City, in 2010, and completed a Fountainhead Residency, Miami, in 2011.

Bopape works with and weaves together a variety of mediums, from video and installation to drawing, painting, and performance. She engages viewers with powerful political and social notions of a “self,” many of which are taken from her own experiences and relationships. Sex, gender, race, and, particularly, psychology are prevalent themes in her work. Her installations generally involve a dense and chaotic arrangement of brightly colored objects, often accompanied by plastic bags. These constructions reference refuse and call attention to consumption, waste, and the emotions and psychological states evoked by these objects and processes.

Bopape participated in the first edition of The Generational (2009), a new triennial organized by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, and was the winner of the MTN New Contemporaries Award, South Africa (2008). Her solo exhibitions include lešobana!! lešobana! lešobana!! (le bulegile); lešobana! lešobana! lešobana!! (go phunyegile), Stevenson, Johannesburg (2011); the finissage and you fucking horrible bitch!, Mart House Gallery, Amsterdam (2012, 2009); and keep it to yourself, Kwazulu Natal Society of Arts, Durban, South Africa (2005). Recent group exhibitions of her work include Act IX: Let Us Compare Mythologies, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2010); Ampersand: Ein Dialog zeitgenössischer Kunst aus Südafrika & der Daimler Kunst Sammlung, Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (2010); Life Less Ordinary: Performance and Display in South African Art, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, Wales (2010); and Dineo Bopape, Marlene Dumas, Zanele Muholi and Rebelle: Art and Feminism 1969–2009, Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, The Netherlands (2010, 2009). Bopape lives and works in Cape Town.