Lerole: footnotes (The struggle of memory against forgetting)
South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape explores in her work the socio-political and cultural aspects of individual and collective sovereignty. Her complex installations examine topics such as violence, oppression, exploitation and insecurity, through the lens of individual memories, historical narratives or personal stories. The variety of media she uses engulfs the viewer in a poetic, yet spiritual atmosphere, while raising hard questions on the events that have shaped her home country.
After a presentation in our Beirut gallery last year the artist now presents for her first solo exhibition at Sfeir-Semler Gallery in Hamburg the multimedia installation Lerole - Footnotes (The struggle of memory against forgetting), created in 2017. Inspired by the literary work of James Baldwin, the installation is developed against the backdrop of pre-colonial Africa. A constellation constituted of ocher bricks, turntables, small ceramic objects, wooden panels, earth and gold leaves, stretches across the entire surface of the gallery. A multisensory experience, the installation includes sounds and smells that blur the boundaries between physical and immaterial elements. A hundred texts engraved on small wooden boards document the resistance of African populations against colonizers, and commemorate heroic acts of individuals and collectives, often forgotten by history, who fought against imperialism.