Dineo Seshee Bopape

Born in the first light of the morning

Pirelli HangarBicocca

Photography, Documentation
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Photo: Agostino Osio
Photo Editing: Marco Dabbicco
Client: Pirelli HangarBicocca
Year: 2022

About the exhibition

The work of Dineo Seshee Bopape (b. Polokwane, South Africa, 1981; lives and works in Johannesburg) is characterized by the use of organic and highly symbolic materials that allude to the concepts of memory, identity, and belonging. Soil is one of the most recognizable materials in her practice, and it is often mixed with other substances such as coal, ash, and clay to create environmental installations. Taking as a starting point her own experience in her homeland, South Africa, Seshee Bopape weaves narratives that investigate archetypes and myths in which the female figure plays a central role. Combining digital and analogical aesthetics, her work incorporates different media, like sculpture, drawing, video and sound, through a poetic approach that has its origins in matter.

The solo exhibition of Dineo Seshee Bopape, her first in an Italian institution, brings together a wide range of works as well as new productions. Visitors are drawn into a vast array of historical references and different geographical and geological contexts, giving them the chance to explore her practice, which reflects on the relationships between self, memory, socio-politics, history, sovereignty, form, nature and spirit.