Dineo Seshee Bopape

the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye

29 July - 4 September 2010

Michael Stevenson is pleased to present a solo exhibition of video, installation and prints by Dineo Seshee Bopape.

Bopape is known for her playful, experimental video works and cluttered installations of found objects. These delve into the magic and mysteries of the metaphysical realm and disrupt our understanding of time and space. Her videos have the potential to leave one in a rhythmic trance as the mind is transported to distant illusionary worlds. Her installations, which often incorporate videos, bear a non-linear, colourful and lively resemblance to informal structures created on the fringes of the world economy, such as the alternative community of Christiania in Copenhagen and the townships of South Africa.

Works on exhibition include the video the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye (2009), which pays homage to Bopape's place of birth, Polokwane, but shows her struggle reconnecting to the local landscape after years abroad. Occuping an entire room, an installation also titled the eclipse will not be visible to the naked eye comprises what Bopape calls a 'video garden', incorporating four recent video works as well as numerous sculptural elements and digital prints.

Bopape is a 2009 graduate of De Ateliers in Amsterdam and in May 2010 completed an MFA at Columbia University, New York. She was the only South African artist included on the much-hyped exhibition Younger Than Jesus at the New Museum in New York in 2009, and was the winner of the 2008 MTN New Contemporaries award. Other recent group shows include Ampersand at Daimler Contemporary, Berlin (2010); Act IX: Let Us Compare Mythologies at Witte de With, Rotterdam (2010); Life Less Ordinary: Performance and display in South African art at the Fotogallery in Cardiff, Wales, and Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham, UK (2009-10); Dada South? at the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2009); and Rebelle: Art and Feminism 1969-2009 at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem, The Netherlands (2009). She has previously exhibited at Michael Stevenson on the group shows In the Making: Materials and process (2005); Disguise: The art of attracting and deflecting attention (2008); and Summer 2009/10: Projects.

Bopape exhibits concurrently with Pieter Hugo and, as part of the FOREX series, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 29 July, 6-8pm. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 1pm.

Bopape will give a walkabout of her exhibition in support of the Friends of the South African National Gallery on Friday 30 July at 11am; cost is R20 members and non-members.