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For her exhibition at Palais de Tokyo, Dineo Seshee Bopape (born in 1981 in South Africa, lives in Johannesburg) has conceived an installation reflecting on feelings, psychic dissolution and weight of context. The video of the song “Feelings” performed by Nina Simone (1976, live in Montreux Jazz Festival) together with a consideration of Bessie Head’s novel, A question of power (1974), are the starting points of her research. Dineo Seshee Bopape explores with her installation the subjective question of affects by bringing together videos and depictions of pieces focused on the body engulfed by emotion in personal and in socio political contexts.

“If [Dineo Seshee Bopape] 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. (…)”



From 23/06/2016 to 11/09/2016

Open every day except Tuesdays, from noon until midnight.

Dineo Seshee Bopape

Dineo Seshee Bopape was born in 1981 in Polokwane.

She graduated at De Ateliers in Amsterdam (2007) and completed an MFA at Columbia University, New York (2010). She was the 2008 winner of the MTN New Contemporaries Award and the recipient of Columbia University’s Toby Fund Award (2010). Recent solo shows have taken place in Norway, Amsterdam and Naples in addition to her solo shows at Stevenson, Cape Town and Johannesburg which took place in 2013, 2011 and 2010.

Recent group shows include "Ruffnek Constructivists", Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2014); Chroma, Stevenson, Cape Town (2014); "My Joburg", La maison rouge, Paris; Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Germany (2013); "The Beautyful Ones", Nola Judin, Berlin (2012); "Fiction as Fiction (Or, A Ninth Johannesburg Biennale)", Stevenson, Cape Town (2012); "About Menocchio we know many things", Bétonsalon Centre d’art et de recherche, Paris (2012); "If A Tree...", Stevenson, Johannesburg (2012); "The Next Generation", Pulchri Studio, The Hague, "Mine - A selection of films" by SA artists, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, Dubai (2012). Bopape was included in the Marrakech Biennale (2016) and has been awarded residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, the Sober & Lonely Institute in Johannesburg and the Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland.

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