Dan Halter



About

Dan Halter’s artistic practice is informed by his position as a Zimbabwean living in South Africa. Using materials ubiquitous to South Africa and Zimbabwe, Halter employs the language of craft and curio as a visual strategy to articulate his concerns within a fine art context. Through this, as well as through photography and video, Halter addresses notions of a dislocated national identity and the politics of post-colonial Zimbabwe within a broader African context. 

Dan Halter was born in Zimbabwe in 1977. Recent solo exhibitions include Money Loves Money, at Osart Gallery, Milano, Italy (2021); Plenty Sits Still, Hunger is a Wanderer, at This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne and Cross the River in a Crowd at WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town in 2019. Halter has participated in numerous group shows including US at the South African National Gallery, curated by Simon Njami, Zeitgenössiche Fotokunst aus Südafrika at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK), Energy Flash – The Rave Movement, MHKA (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen), the 16th and 17th VideoBrasil (São Paulo) in 2007 and 2011, the 10th Havana Biennale in 2009, the Dakar Biennale in 2010 and Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at Smithsonian Museum of African Art Washington DC, USA in 2013 and This is not Africa Unlearn what you have Learned at Aros Museum Denmark in 2021. 

Halters work is included in numerous private collections, public collections include, The South African National Gallery, UNISA (University of South Africa), University of Cape Town, Scheryn Collection, Artphilein Collection, Pigozzi Collection, SAFFCA Collection, Round About Collection, and the prestigious Rennie Collection. Dan Halter lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa. 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My experience as a white Zimbabwean now living in South Africa informs my practice. I deal with notions of a dislocated national identity and the dark humour of present realities in Southern Africa, largely a backlash to a history of oppression that continues today. I realize my work through the use of ubiquitous materials and the use of local popular visual strategies as a form of expression. This often tends towards the language of craft and curio within a contemporary fine art context. Two words that are useful in describing my art are fabric and fabrication:

fab·ric (n)
1. cloth of any type made from thread or fibers, whether woven, knitted, or felted
2. the particular texture or quality of a kind of cloth
3. the fundamental structure or makeup of something
4. the material from which something is constructed, especially a building, or the physical structure of something

fab·ri·ca·tion (n)
1. the construction of something, or something that has been constructed or made
2. the invention of something that is not true
3. a fraudulent imitation of a signature or document

(Encarta World English Dictionary (c) 1999 Microsoft Corporation.
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Plc.)

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2021 Get Out of Jail Free - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Money Loves Money, Osart Gallery, Milan
2019 Plenty Sits Still, Hunger is a Wanderer, This Is No Fantasy, Melbourne
Cross the River in a Crowd - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2018 Please Call Me - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Patience Can Cook a Stone - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2017 Zimbabwean Traffic, Skövde Konstmuseet, Skövde, Sweden
Mafuta Farm, Dillon + Lee, New York
2016 The Amory Show 2016 - Pier 94, New York
2015 The Original is Unfaithful to the Translation - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2013 DanHalter – HeartlanD, Special Project, Joburg Art Fair
2012 The Truth Lies Here - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2011 Dan Halter / Mappa Del Mondo, NKV (Nassauischer Kunstverein Weisbaden), Weisbaden, Germany
2010 Double Entry, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Shifting The Goalposts, (in collaboration with Adam Davies) Son Gallery, London & GoetheonMain, Johannesburg
2008 Never Say Never, Derbylius Gallery, Milan, Italy
2006 Take Me To Your Leader, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town

Selected Group Exhibitions

2021 This is not Africa – Unlearn what you have learned, ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum, Denmark
Spier Light Art, Spier Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
RESTUDIO, Cunningham Contemporary, Johannesburg
2020 Histories of Dance, Museu de Arte de Sāo Paulo, Brazil
Anuário 2020, Palácio das Artes, Porto Portugal
Dance of Urgency, Het HEM, Netherlands
2019 Mapping Worlds: Selected Works from the Scheryn Art Collection, Norval Foundation, Cape Town
LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos
No Photos on the Dance Floor! Berlin 1989 – Today, C/O Berlin Foundation
Rocks, The Gallery 44 Stanley, Johannesburg
Lost Lover, RAMPA, Porto, Portugal
Dance of Urgency, Q21 Museums Quartier, Vienna
Growbox Art Project, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town
2018 Baggage Claims, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina
Forward? Forward! Forward… Stellenbosch University Museum
The Reyden Weis Collection, Museum Weserburg, Bremen
Hacer Noché, Santo Domingo, Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico
2017 You & 1, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town
Baggage Claims, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando
Everyday Anomaly - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
PLAY/III Video and Performance Festival, Galerie Ampersand, Cologne
Two To Tango, Sperling Gallery, Münich
Chinafrika. under construction, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
Low Res: Spatial Politics in the Cloud, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn
2016 ENERGY FLASH - The Rave Movement, M HKA, Antwerpen
Artists’ Books and Africa, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Winter 2015: Collected Works, Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver
100 Geographies, US Museum, Stellenbosch
Nano, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town
After the Thrill is Gone, Gwen Frostic School of Art, Michigan
Home Land Security, FOR-SITE Foundation, San Francisco
HISTORICODE: Scarcity and Supply, The 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival
2016 Joburg Art Fair - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
Negative Space - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Mir ist das Leben lieber, Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst
Dear Europa ... - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
2015 Migrations, The National College of Art and Design, Dublin
Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London
Brave New World…20 Years of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Thinking, Feeling, Head, Heart, New Church Museum, Cape Town
2015 Joburg Art Fair - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
Johannesburg Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale fringe
Foreign Bodies - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2014 Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa, Standard Bank Art Gallery, Johannesburg
No Fixed Abode, New Church Museum, Cape Town
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in Arts of Africa, Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC
Ngezinwayo - Migrant Journeys, WITS Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
Vegetation as a Political Agent, Parco Arte Vivente (PAV) Turin, Italy
Paperwork, SMAC Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa
Unerasable Memories: A Historic Look at the Videobrasil Collection Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil
Uncertain Terms - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2013 Making Way, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
Positive Tension - WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in Arts of Africa, Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC
Who is afraid of the public? ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Arts), London
Digi Re-engineering, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria
2012 Under Constant Threat, Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto Alegre, Brazil
4th Protest Arts International Festival (PAIF), Harare, Zimbabwe
Beyond Apartheid: Sex, Race, and Politics in Contemporary Africa, Porto Alegre, Brazil
Making Way, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
2011 17th VideoBrasil, São Paulo, Brazil
7th International Triennial of Contemporary Textile Arts, Tournai, Belgium
10 Years On, Michaelis Gallery, University of Cape Town
Propaganda by Monuments, Cairo, Egypt
2010 Spier Contemporary, City Hall, Cape Town
Mooimarkshow III, Galerie Weisser elefant, Berlin, Germany
/ + = X, Serialworks, Cape Town
LADUMA! Rotterdam, Holland
Harare International Art Fair (HIFA), Zimbabwe National Gallery
US, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Dak’art, Dakar, Senegal
2009 8th Annual Art Salon at Rose Korber Art, Cape Town
Encounters, South African International Documentary Festival
Second Johannesburg Art Fair, Sandton convention centre, Johannesburg
10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
Objects of a Revolution, Dominque Fiat Gallery, Paris, France
WORD!, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town
ECC25 (End Conscription Campaign 25 years), Spier Wine Estate Stellenbosch
Holiday, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
Project 35, NADA Miami Art Fair
US, Johannesburg Art Gallery
2008 Power Play, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
Studio 2666: Ons Skrik vir Niks, Blank Projects, Cape Town
Prints + Editions, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
First Johannesburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre
17th Annual Art Salon at Rose Korber Art, Cape Town
Forty Years of Friendship: The Friends of The National Gallery: 1968–2008, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
MTN New Contemporaries, University of Johannesburg
Monologs, Rome, Italy and at the Gallería Animal in Santiago, Chile
3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
Big Wednesday, WHATIFTHEWORLD, Cape Town
2007 16th Annual Art Salon at Rose Korber Art, Cape Town
Zeitgenössiche Fotokunst aus Südafrika, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK), Berlin, Germany
Hell Yeah, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cape Town
3C Committee and Critics Choice, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town
The 2nd Cape Town Biennale, Blank Projects, Cape Town
The Inchoate Idiosynchratic Descent into Nihlism, Michaelis Gallery, University of Cape Town
16th VideoBrasil, São Paulo, Brazil
Spier Contemporary, Spier Wine estate Stellenbosch
2006 Second to None, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
The Cape Town Biennale, Blank Projects, Cape Town
The Last Braai 666, in collaboration with christian Nerf and ed Young, l/B’s lounge, Cape Town
Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia
15th Annual Art Salon at The Bay, Bay Hotel, Cape Town

Selected Publications

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