Dineo Seshee Bopape “Born in the first light of the morning [moswara’marapo]”
Dineo Seshee Bopape “Ile aye, moya, là, ndokh…harmonic conversions…mm,” exhibition view, Institute for Contemporary Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, 2021. Photo by David Hale. Courtesy the artist.


Pirelli HangarBicocca
Via Chiese 2


06 Oct 2022 - 29 Jan 2023



Dineo Seshee Bopape “Born in the first light of the morning [moswara’marapo]”

Rethink the notion of a work of art itself, no longer understood as a monumental, eternal object but as a conduit between material and immaterial worlds, experiences and times is what the exhibition “Born in the first light of the morning [moswara’marapo]” by Dineo Seshee Bopape evokes. Curated by Lucia Aspesi and Fiammetta Griccioli, this is the first exhibition dedicated to Dineo Seshee Bopape that presents a series of installations, wall drawings and videos that gives visitors the opportunity to explore the artist’s practice.

Light, evoked in the title, also performs as a visual element in the exhibition, bringing up a reflection on the spatial and nonlinear dimension of time, as linked to the complementary physical perceptual relation between light and darkness, dawn and dusk.

In her practice, Dineo Seshee Bopape (born in Polokwane, South Africa, 1981, current resident of Johannesburg) incorporates different media, such as sculpture, drawing, video and sound. Organic and highly symbolic and coded materials are often juxtaposed with digital and technological aesthetic vocabularies. Drawing on her own experiences related to her home country of South Africa, and its threads, tentacles and mirrors to elsewhere, the artist weaves narratives in which maternal and female corporeality take on a substantial role in investigating ancestral archetypes, mythologies and spiritual function of memory.