Cameron Platter


Cameron Platter (b.1978, Johannesburg) fills the ordinary and marginal, with incendiary new meaning. Working from everyday experience with subjects overlooked or considered delinquent, sordid and lowbrow, he reconnoiters notions and concepts on the outside fringes of South Africa’s popular culture.

Platter graduated with a BFA in painting from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town, in 2001. His recent solo exhibitions include Salami at GNYP Gallery, Berlin; You Look Like Your Face, Éric Hussenot, Paris; 13 Works, Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco; GALAXY AS0-730223NMJ-ZSDSSS, KZNSA (2018), and U-SAVED-ME, Depart Foundation, Los Angeles (2016). He has also held four solo exhibitions with WHATIFTHEWORLD. Other significant exhibitions include Imaginary Fact, Contemporary South African Art and the Archive, 55th Venice Biennale; Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, New York; Rencontres Internationales, The Centre Georges Pomidou, Paris and Haus Der Kultur, Berlin; Le Biennale de Dakar 2010, Dakar, Senegal; Coca-Colonization, Marte Museum, El Salvador; and Absent Heroes, Iziko South African National Gallery.

His work appears in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York; The FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France; and the Iziko South African National Gallery. His work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vice Magazine, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, Artforum, and Art South Africa.

He lives and works in KwaZulu Natal and Cape Town, South Africa. Platter has recently been announced as the 2015 Artist in Residence at Zeitz MOCAA.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2019 FR1000ID, Herman Mbamba & Cameron Platter, Blank Projects
2018 Salami at GNYP Gallery, Berlin
You Look Like Your Face, Éric Hussenot, Paris
13 Works, Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco
2017 Screaming Hallelujah, Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco
2016 U-SAVED-ME, Depart Foundation, Los Angeles
2014 Monster, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France
I Saw This - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2013 Everyday Apocalypse, Jack Bell Gallery, London.
2012 Empty Promises, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
YOU, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France
2011 Fucking Hell, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2010 I Am Lonelyness, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Hard Times, Great Expectations, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
The Old Fashion, Volta NY, New York
2009 Black Up That White Ass II, YOUNGBLACKMAN, Cape Town
2008 Studio, KNSA Gallery, Durban
Too Much of Anything is Very Dangerous, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
3 Stories, KZNSA Gallery, Durban
2006 Beware the Curves, Labia Cinema, Cape Town
Party Time, Blank Projects, Cape Town

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020 Arte contemporânea na Coleção Sindika Dokolo – You Love Me, You Love Not, Municipal Gallery Almeida Garrett, Porto, Portugal
2019 A Higher State of Consciousness, Éric Hussenot, Paris
Gold Standard: Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition, Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco
2018 Defying the Narrative: Contemporary Art from West and Southern Africa, Ever Gold Projects, San Francisco
2017 Atsala Tsala (A Selection of Contemporary African Art), Patricia Low Contemporary, Gstaad, Switzerland)
Dans Un Ciel Ensoleille, UTA Artist Space, Los Angeles
2016 Screening Series – Satterwhite, Platter, Richmond, and Da Corte, Lundgren Gallery, Palma de Mallorca
2015 Brave New World…20 Years of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Imago Mundi, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice
Artist in Residence, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town
2014 Public Intimacy, Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, SFMOMA, San Francisco
Uncertain Terms - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2013 Imaginary Fact: South African Art and the Archive, South African Pavillion, 55th Venice Biennale
2012 A Perfect Day, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
Beyond Apartheid: Sex, Race, and Politics in Contemporary Africa, Galeria Lunara, Porto Alegre, Brazil
2011 Coca- Colonized, Marte Museum, El Salvador
New Positions, Art Cologne
Africa!, Galerie Hussenot, Paris
Rencontres Internationales, Haus Der Kultur, Berlin
Absent Heroes, Iziko South African National Gallery
Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, MoMA New York
2010 Twenty, 20 Years of South African Sculpture, Nirox Foundation, Gauteng
1910 - 2010: From Pierneef to Gugulective, South African National Gallery
Spier Contemporary, Travelling, Cape Town
Dak’Art 2010, Biennial of Contemporary African Art, Dakar, Senegal
The Spirit is Not the Idea, Says the Penguin, CO-OP, Johannesburg
Rencontres Internationales, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
Contemporary Artists from South Africa, BEK, Norway
Coca- Colonized, Brot Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
Africa Assume Art Position, Primo Marella Gallery, Milan
2009 Sing Into My Mouth, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Word Up!, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Clair/ Obscur Film Festival, Basel, Switzerland
Manifesto, CO-OP, Johannesburg
2008 Art 39 Basel, Hilger Contemporary
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
2007 Love, South Beach Emporium, Miami, USA
2006 Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Holland
Tour, a slice of life, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria

Selected Publications

2014      I Saw This