Dan Halter

Exhibitions

Biography

Dan Halter was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1977 and currently lives and works in Cape Town.

In 2001, he graduated with a BA Fine Art from the University of Cape Town, South Africa and was awarded the Judy Steinberg Prize and Michaelis Painting Prize in the same year.

Halter was nominated as MTN Foundation New Contemporaries finalist in 2008.

Solo exhibitions include The Original is Unfaithful to the Translation, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa (2015) and Dan Halter/Mappa Del Mondo, NkV, Nassauischer Kunstverein Weisbaden, Weisbaden, Germany (2011).

Recent group shows include, Migrations, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, touring to Australia and America (2015); Unerasable Memories: A Historic Look at the Videobrasil Collection Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil (2014); Ngezinwayo – Migrant Journeys, WITS Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa (2014); Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in Arts of Africa, Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA (2013) and Who is afraid of the public?, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK (2013).

Halter has participated in the Johannesburg Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale Fringe, Italy (2015); 17th Video Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil (2011); 7th International Triennial of Contemporary Textile Arts, Tournai, Belgium (2011) and the Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China (2008) and has completed four international residencies, in Zurich, Rio de Janeiro, Scotland and Turin.

Education

2001

BA Fine Art, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2015

The Original is Unfaithful to the Translation, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

2013

Dan Halter – HeartlanD, Special Project, Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2012

The Truth Lies Here, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

2011

Dan Halter / Mappa Del Mondo, Nassauischer Kunstverein Weisbaden, Weisbaden, Germany.

2010

Double Entry, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

Shifting The Goalposts, Son Gallery, London & Goetheon Main, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2008

Never Say Never, Derbylius Gallery, Milan, Italy.

2006

Take Me To Your Leader, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Selected Group Exhibitions

2016

Energy Flash — The Rave Movement, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp (M HKA), Belgium

Prefer Life, Reydan Weiss Collection, The Weserburg, Bremen, Germany.

Unerasable Memories – A Historic Look at the Videobrasil Collection, Museum of Contemporary Art, Vigo, Spain.

Winter 2015: Collected Works, Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver, Canada.

2015

Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London, UK.

Project 35: The Last Act, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia.

Foreign Bodies, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town.

The Johannesburg Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale Fringe, Venice, Italy.

Migrations, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland also travelling to Australia and America.

2014

Uncertain Terms, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town. Thinking, Feeling, Head, Heart, New Church Museum, Cape Town, South Africa.

Brave New World...20 Years of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair, Somerset House, London, UK.

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in Arts of Africa, Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC, USA.

 Ngezinwayo - Migrant Journeys, WITS Art Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa.

 Paperwork, SMAC Art Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Unerasable Memories: A Historic Look at the Videobrasil Collection Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil. (C)

No Fixed Abode, New Church Museum, Cape Town.

Vegetation as a Political Agent, Parco Arte Vivente (PAV) Turin, Italy.

Exact Imagination: 300 Years of Botanically Inspired Art in South Africa, Standard Bank Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2013

Who is afraid of the public?, The Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, UK.

Beitbridge Moonwalk, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan.

Weather Report – Weerberig, Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom.

Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in Arts of Africa, Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art, Washington DC.

Digi Re-engineering, UNISA Art Gallery, Pretoria, South Africa.

Making Way, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

2012

Positive Tension, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

Under Constant Threat, Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

4th Protest Arts International Festival , Harare, Zimbabwe.

Beyond Apartheid: sex, race, and politics in contemporary Africa, Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Making Way, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, South Africa.

2011

17th Video Brazil, São Paulo, Brazil.

7th International Triennial of Contemporary Textile Arts, Tournai, Belgium.

10 Years On, Michaelis Gallery, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.

O2 VideoAct - International Video Art Biennial, Hotel Amister Barcelona, Spain.

Propaganda by Monuments, Cairo, Egypt.

2010

LADUMA! Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Dak’Art, Dakar, Senegal.

US, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Spier Contemporary, City Hall, Cape Town, South Africa.

/ + \ = X, Serialworks, Cape Town, South Africa.

Mooimarkshow III, Galerie Weisser Elefant, Berlin, German.

2009

Project 35, NADA Miami Art Fair, Miami, USA.

Holiday, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

End Conscription Campaign 25 years, Spier Wine Estate Stellenbosch, Cape Town, South Africa.

US, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa.

WORD!, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

Encounters, South African International Documentary Festival, South Africa.

10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba.

Objects of a Revolution, Dominque Fiat Gallery, Paris, France.

18th Annual Art Salon, Rose Korber Art, Cape Town, South Africa.

2008

Big Wednesday, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China.

Monologs, Rome, Italy and The Gallería Animal in Santiago, Chile.

MTN New Contemporaries, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Forty Years of Friendship: The Friends of The National Gallery: 1968–2008, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Power Play, Goodman Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Prints + Editions, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

Studio 2666: Ons Skrik vir Niks, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa.

17th Annual Art Salon at Rose Korber Art, Cape Town, South Africa.

2007

Spier Contemporary, Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

16th Video Brasil, São Paulo, Brazil.

The Inchoate idiosyncratic descent into nihilism, Michaelis Gallery, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

The 2nd Cape Town Biennale, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa.

3C Committee and Critics Choice, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

Hell Yeah, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cape Town, South Africa.

Zeitgenössiche Fotokunst aus Südafrika, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany.

16th Annual Art Salon, Rose Korber Art, Cape Town, South Africa.

2006

Second to None, IZIKO South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

The Cape Town Biennale, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa.

The Last Braai 666, L/B’s Lounge, Cape Town, South Africa.

Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia.

15th Annual Art Salon,The Bay, Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa.

2005

Black and White Poster Project, Dirt Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa.

14th Annual Art Salon, The Bay, Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa.

2004

Contra Mundi, Association for Visual Arts, Cape Town, South Africa.

Exchange Views on... / Echange vues sur..., Espace croix-Baragnon, France and Michaelis Gallery, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

2003

Picnic, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa.

Meeting: Art in the Water Closet, Gallerie Puta, 2A Dysart Road, Cape Town, South Africa.

Artist talks & Lectures

2016

(forthcoming) 8 September 2016, Dan Halter Visiting Artist, room 2008 at 5:30pm, Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.

Solo Publications

2013

Dan Halter - Selected Works, Whatiftheworld, Cape Town, South Africa.

Publications

2014

Hemmings, Jessica (ed.), Cultural Threads: Transnational Textiles Today, Bloomsbury Academic, London, UK.

Rubio, Agustín Pérez (coe), Unerasable Memories: a historic look at Videobrasil Collection, Edições Sesc SP and Videobrasil, Brasil.

Moura, Sabrina (Coe.), In residency / Art research routes in 30 years of Videobrasil, Edições Sesc-SP; Associação Cultural Videobrasil, São Paulo, Brasil.

2011

Williamson, Sue, Collins, Harper (eds.), South African Art Now, London, UK.

Residencies

2014

Nine Urban Biotopes, EU residency, Turin, Italy.

2010

Glenfiddich residency, Dufftown, Scotland.

2008

Pro Helvetia residency in Zürich, Switzerland.

Capacete Video Brasil residency, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Biography & Press

2016

Schumann, Megan, Deco Diary: Two Must-See Exhibitions in January, elledecoration.co.za, 4 January 2016.

Steadman, Ryan, The Armory Show Unveils a New Era for African Art, observer.com, 2 March 2016.

Sutton, Benjamin, Finding Jesus, “YOUR MOM,” and Other Surprises at the 2016 Armory Show, hyperallergic.com, March 2016.

2015

Blackman, Matthew, Memory of Things Present, artthrob.co.za, 21 April 2015.

Hennlich, Andrew J. Crafting Experience in the work of Dan Halter, Making Futures Journal Vol 3, 2015.

Partridge, Matthew, Maps of Madness, Sunday Times, 3 May 2015. p.7.

----, National Identity and the Language of Bodies: A Group Show at Whatiftheworld, 10and5.com, 10 December 2015.

2014

Holm, Lyn, Mealie Pip (2008), Art Times, August 2014. p.19.

Jolly, Lucinda, Engaging with space, Cape Times, 22 September 2014. p.10.

2013

Pro Helvetia residency in Zürich, Switzerland. Capacete Video Brasil residency, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nine Urban Biotopes, EU residency, Turin, Italy.

Smith, Michael, An interview with Dan Halter, artthrob.co.za, 07 November 2013.

Awards

2010

Glenfiddich residency, Dufftown, Scotland.

2008

MTN Foundation New Contemporaries finalist.

Capacete residency, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

2007

Pro Helvetia residency, Zurich, Switzerland.

2001

Judy Steinberg Prize.

Michaelis Painting Prize.

Collections

South African National Gallery.

UNISA (University of South Africa).

University of Cape Town.

Pigozzi.

Artphilein.