Dineo Seshee Bopape is one of South Africa’s leading contemporary artists. The Contemporary Art Society acquired her work Sedibeng, it comes with the rain, 2016, for the Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne through the Collections Fund at Frieze and Dineo Seshee Bopape spoke about her work with Brian Cass, Head of Exhibitions from the museum.
The event was organised in collaboration with the School of Arts and Humanities of the Royal College of Art and was moderated by Ilaria Puri Purini from the Contemporary Art Society.
Dineo Seshee Bopape was born in Polokwane, South Africa in 1981. She received her undergraduate degrees in fine arts in Durban followed by an MFA from Columbia University. Working with multimedia installation and video, and often involving natural earthy and traditional elements, Bopape tackles various social, political, environmental issues related to her personal experiences and those of her country. She has had solo shows at the Darling Foundry, Montreal (2017), Art in General, New York (2016), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2016), the Hayward Gallery, London (2015), the Stevenson Gallery, Cape Town & Johannesburg (2010, 2011), among others. She has participated in group shows and biennials across the globe including the Sharjah Biennial 13 (2017), where she received the Sharjah Biennial Art Prize, Sfeir-Semler Gallery (2017), the Marrakech Biennial (2016), the Sao Paolo Biennial (2016), SEMA at Media City Seoul (2016), Tate Modern (2015), ICA London (2015), Jewish Museum, New York (2015), ICA Philadelphia (2014), Pretoria Art Museum (2013), Witte de With (2010), South African National Gallery (2010) and many others. She is the 2017 Pinchuk Future Generation Prize Winner and has had her winning installation exhibited in Kiev and at the Venice Biennale. Bopape is represented by Sfeir-Semler Gallery.