Dineo Seshee Bopape


Bird's Milk

20 January - 18 February 2011

Brodie/Stevenson is pleased to present Bird's Milk, a video 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.

A painterly work, Bird's Milk began as a 'love letter', capturing everyday events in a relationship. When the affair ended, the footage was re-edited in a process of reconfiguring memory, allowing the descriptions of things to bleed into each other and dissolve into fields of colour.

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. She has had solo exhibitions at Mart House gallery, Amsterdam and Michael Stevenson, Cape Town. Bopape's work is featured on the VideoStudio exhibition Changing Same, currently on show at the Studio Museum, Harlem, New York. She has been awarded a Fountainhead residency in Miami, to be taken up in March 2011.

The exhibition opens on Thursday 20 January, 6-8pm. The gallery is open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 10am to 1pm.