Dineo Seshee Bopape, Chat-Scat
Silkscreen print on archival cotton rag paper
66 x 50.5 cm
Edition of 25
Dineo Seshee Bopape (b. 1981) is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
This remarkable many-coloured screenprint has been commissioned especially for ArtThrob. It was printed at Caversham Press by Malcolm Christian, assisted by Alex Shabalala, in KwaZulu-Natal where Bopape worked in residence. 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. In Chat-Scat, the television test pattern and quote from an online chat forum explore a particular immaterial aspect of the virtual techno-scape, whilst simultaneously claiming that space for the artist’s personal history.
Candice Breitz, Ex Libris South Africa
24 x 60 cm
Edition of 60
Candice Breitz (b. 1972) is based in Berlin, Germany.
The books photographed for Candice Breitz’s Ex Libris South Africa were all found by the artist on the same dusty and neglected shelf within Bikini Beach Books, Gordon’s Bay (South Africa), during a single book-browsing session in January 2009. Collectively they catalogue a diverse range of anxieties, fears, hopes and expectations pertaining to life in South Africa over nearly a century.