Dineo Seshee Bopape’s work is characterised by an evocative and deeply personal interest in locating herself in space and time. This manifests as a dance between surface and screen, personal history, and the banality of ordinary objects and moments. Bopape is known for her playful, experimental video works and cluttered installations of found objects that explore the performative aspects of culture.
Her work is an attempt to consolidate or even stabilize chaos. It is to make sense of nonsense or vice versa. The outcome is a chorus of co-dependent forms bound by a sense of containment, displacement and the sociohistorical politics of land and landlessness.
In uncontested metaphor, Bopape deals with loss. In this body of work, the rectangle features prominently. “Its ubiquity raises a certain curiosity. Though at first, it might imply a partition, we could also see it as a chasm or a hole, an abyss that we stare at from a safe distance and which, to our surprise, returns the gaze.”