Dineo Seshee Bopape. Born in the first light of the morning [moswara’marapo]
17 x 24 cm, 176 pages
First monograph dedicated to Dineo Seshee Bopape, the publication accompanies her survey show at Pirelli HangarBicocca. Taking as a starting point her own experience in her native country, South Africa, the artist weaves narratives that investigate archetypes and myths in which the female figure plays a central role. The volume explores themes and subjects at the core of Bopape’s practice ranging from the relationship between rituals, spirituality, and nature, to reflections on healing practices and forms of political resistance. The catalog includes critical essays by art historians and international theorists, such as Chus Martínez, Uhuru Phalafala and Kwanele Sosibo, together with a contribution by Dineo Seshee Bopape and a conversation between the curators and the artist. Besides an extensive documentation of the exhibition project at Pirelli HangarBicocca, the book features a section focusing on Bopape’s work Lerole: The Struggle of Memory Against Forgetting (2017): a chronology written by the artist starting from her research on rebellion and resistance acts by minorities against oppression and colonialism. Designed by bruno graphic design studio (Venice), the volume features three alternative covers with drawings and a text by the artist.