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Dineo Seshee Bopape


Dineo Seshee Bopape (b. 1981, South Africa) is a visual artist who lives and works in Johannesburg.

She is best known for her sculptural pieces employing soil and other organic material as a base for her multisensory, spiritual work that connects deeply with the earth.

In addition to her packed earth installations, Seshee Bopape also works with drawing, video and sound to create a rich practice connecting to memory, belonging, and place.

Helsinki Biennial 2023 will feature a recent work by Seshee Bopape that evokes in the viewer connections both to land and family.

Dineo Seshee Bopape: “Born in the first light of the morning [moswara’marapo]”, exhibition view at Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, 2022.
Courtesy the artist and Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan. Photo: Agostino Osio.

Seshee Bopape’s works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world. Some of her recent solo exhibitions include Born in the first light of the morning [moswara’marapo], Pirelli HangarBicocca, Milan, Italy (2022); The Soul Expanding Ocean #3, Ocean Space, Venice, Italy (2022); Lerato le le golo (…la go hloka bo kantle), Secession Vienna, AT (2022); The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University (ICA at VCU), Richmond, Virginia, USA (2021); Sedibeng, it comes with the rain, Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, UK (2019); When Spirituality was a Baby, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland (2018; and Lerole: footnotes. (The struggle of memory against forgetting), Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg, Germany (2018).

Some of her recent group exhibitions include venues and events such as Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany; National Museum of Cardiff, Wales; FRAC Poitou-Charentes, Anglouême, France; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA; Arsenale, Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy; Ford Foundation Gallery, New York, USA; Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto, Canada; 10th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany; Sharjah Biennale 13: Tamawuj, Sharjah, UAE, to mention just a few.

She was the main prize winner of the Future Generation Art Prize 2017 awarded by PinchukArtCentre, the recipient of a 2010 Columbia University Toby Fund Award, and the winner of 2008 MTN New Contemporaries Award. She was awarded the Artes Mundi 9 Prize by National Museum Cardiff, Wales in 2019.