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Daniel Halter





Born 1977 in Harare, Zimbabwe

Now based in Cape Town, South Africa, Halter continues to interrogate and engage with the politics of post-colonial Zimbabwe. Graduating in 2001 from the Michaelis School of fine Art at the University of Cape Town with a BA (FA), he has since had two solo exhibitions. The first titled Take Me to Your Leader was held in Cape Town in 2006, followed by Never Say Never at the Derbylius Gallery in Milan in 2008.

He has taken part in numerous group shows including Second to None at the South African National Gallery, Zeitgenössiche Fotokunst aus Südafrika at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK) and VideoBrasil in São Paulo. In 2008, he was a MTN New Contemporaries selection, and completed two international residencies, one in Zürich and one in Rio de Janeiro. Most recently, he was selected to participate in the 2009 Havana Biennale.

"My experience as a white Zimbabwean now living in South Africa informs my practice. I deal with notions of a dislocated national identity and the dark humour of present realities in Southern Africa, largely a backlash to a history of oppression that continues today. I realize my work through the use of ubiquitous materials and the use of local popular visual strategies as a form of expression. This often tends towards the language of craft and curio within a contemporary fine art context. Two words that are useful in describing my art are fabric and fabrication:

fab·ric (n)
1. cloth of any type made from thread or fibers, whether woven, knitted, or felted
2. the particular texture or quality of a kind of cloth
3. the fundamental structure or makeup of something
4. the material from which something is constructed, especially a building, or the physical structure of something

fab·ri·ca·tion (n)
1. the construction of something, or something that has been constructed or made
2. the invention of something that is not true
3. a fraudulent imitation of a signature or document"

(Encarta World English Dictionary (c) 1999 Microsoft Corporation.
All rights reserved. Developed for Microsoft by Bloomsbury Publishing
Plc.)

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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019
Cross the River in a Crowd, Whatiftheworld / Gallery, Cape Town

2018
Please Call Me, Whatiftheworld / Gallery, Cape Town
Patience Can Cook a Stone, Whatiftheworld / Gallery, Cape Town

2017
Zimbabwean Traffic, Skövde Konstmuseet, Skövde, Sweden
Mafuta Farm, Dillon + Lee, New York

2015
The Original is Unfaithful to The Translation, Whatiftheworld / Gallery, Cape Town

2013
DanHalter – HeartlanD, Special Project, Joburg Art Fair

2012
The Truth Lies Here, Whatiftheworld / Gallery, Cape Town

2011
Dan Halter / Mappa Del Mondo, NKV (Nassauischer Kunstverein Weisbaden), Weisbaden, Germany

2010
Double Entry, WHATIFTHEWORLD / GALLERY, Cape Town, South Africa
shifting the goalposts, (in collaboration with Adam Davies) Son Gallery, London, United Kingdom
shifting the goalposts, (in collaboration with Adam Davies) GoetheOnMain, Johannesburg, South Africa

2008
never say never, Derbylius Gallery, Milan, Italy^

2006
take me to your leader, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa^

^ indicates catalogue/publication


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2019
Mapping Worlds: Selected Works from the Scheryn Art Collection, Norval Foundation, Cape Town
LagosPhoto Festival, Lagos
No Photos on the Dance Floor! Berlin 1989 – Today, C/O Berlin Foundation
Rocks, The Gallery 44 Stanley, Johannesburg
Lost Lover, RAMPA, Porto, Portugal
Dance of Urgency, Q21 Museums Quartier, Vienna
Growbox Art Project, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town

2018
Hacer Noché, Santo Domingo, Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico
Forward? Forward! Forward… Stellenbosch University Museum
Baggage Claims, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, North Carolina

2017
You & 1, A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town
Everyday Anomaly, Whatiftheworld / Gallery, Cape Town
Baggage Claims, Orlando Museum of Art
PLAY/III Video and Performance Festival, Galerie Ampersand, Cologne
Two To Tango, Sperling Gallery, Münich
Chinafrika. under construction, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst Leipzig
Low Res: Spatial Politics in the Cloud, NARS Foundation, Brooklyn

2016
HISTORICODE: Scarcity and Supply, The 3rd Nanjing International Art Festival
Negative Space, Whatiftheworld / Gallery, Cape Town
After the Thrill is Gone, Western Michigan University
100 Geographies, US Museum, Stellenbosch
Dear Europa.. Whatiftheworld / Gallery, Cape Town
Energy Flash – The Rave Movement, M HKA (Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen)
Mir ist das Leben lieber, Weserburg Museum für moderne Kunst
Artists’ Books and Africa, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Winter 2015: Collected Works, Rennie Collection at Wing Sang, Vancouver
Nano, Barnard Gallery, Cape Town

2015
Brave New World… 20 Years of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town
Foreign Bodies, Whatiftheworld / Gallery, Cape Town
Broken English, Tyburn Gallery, London
Johannesburg Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale fringe
Migrations, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, also travelling to Australia and America
Thinking, Feeling, Head, Heart, New Church Museum, Cape Town

2014
Unerasable Memories: A Historic Look at the Videobrasil Collection Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo, Brazil
No Fixed Abode, New Church Museum, Cape Town
Vegetation as a Political Agent, Parco Arte Vivente (PAV) Turin, Italy
Uncertain Terms, Whatiftheworld / Gallery, Cape Town
Ngezinyawo – Migrant Journeys, Wits Arts Museum, Johannesburg
Paperwork, SMAC Art Gallery, Stellenbosch

2013
Beitbridge Moonwalk, Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, Michigan
Weather Report – Weerberig, Aardklop Festival, Potchefstroom
‘Who is afraid of the public?’ ICA (The Institute of Contemporary Arts), London
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
Making Way, Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg

2012
Positive Tension, Whatiftheworld / Gallery, Cape Town
Under Constant Threat, Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto Alegre, Brazil
4th Protest Arts International Festival (PAIF), Harare, Zimbabwe
Making Way, National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
Beyond Apartheid: sex, race, and politics in contemporary Africa, Galeria Lunara, Porto Alegre, Brazil

2011
17th VideoBrasil, São Paulo, Brazil
7th International Triennial of Contemporary textile Arts, Tournai, Belgium
O2 VideoAct (International Video Art Biennial), Hotel Amister Barcelona, Spain
10 Years On, Michaelis Gallery, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Propaganda by Monuments, CICCAIRO, Cairo, Egypt
Volta7, Basel, Switzerland

2010
LADUMA!, Rotterdam, Holland
Dak’art, Dakar, Senegal
US, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Harare International Art Fair (HIFA), Zimbabwe National Gallery, Zimbabwe
Spier Contemporary, City Hall, Cape Town, South Africa
*/ + = X*, Serialworks, Cape Town, South Africa
Mooimarkshow III, Galerie Weisser Elefant, Berlin, Germany

2009
Project 35, NADA, Miami Art Fair, USA
Holiday, WHATIFTHEWORLD / GALLERY, Cape Town, South Africa
ECC25 (End Conscription Campaign 25 years), Spier Wine Estate, Stellenbosch, South Africa
US, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
WORD!, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town, South Africa
Encounters, South African International Documentary Festival
10th Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba
Second Johannesburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Objects of a Revolution, Dominque Fiat Gallery, Paris, France
18th Annual Art Salon at Rose Korber Art, Cape Town, South Africa
Bamako FAIVA (Festivale Africain d’Images Virtuelles Artistique), Bamako, Mali
Forward> March, Spier Arts Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

2008
Big Wednesday, WHATIFTHEWORLD / GALLERY, Cape Town, South Africa
3rd Guangzhou Triennial, Guangzhou, China
Monologs, Rome, Italy and at the Gallería Animal in Santiago, Chile
MTN New Contemporaries, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa^
Forty Years of Friendship: The Friends of The National Gallery: 1968-2008, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Power Play, Goodman Gallery Cape, Cape Town, South Africa
First Johannesburg Art Fair, Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa
Prints + Editions, WHATIFTHEWORLD / GALLERY, 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 VideoBrasil, São Paulo, Brazil^
The Inchoate Idiosynchratic Descent into Nihlism, 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 (AVA), Cape Town, South Africa
Hell Yeah, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cape Town, South Africa
Zeitgenössiche Fotokunst aus Südafrika, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK), Berlin, Germany

2006
Second to None, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
The Cape Town Biennale, Blank Projects, Cape Town, South Africa
The Last Braai 666, (in collaboration with Christian Nerf and Ed Young), L/B’s Lounge, Cape Town, South Africa
Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia
15th Annual Art Salon at The Bay, Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

2005
Black and White Poster Project, Dirt Contemporary Art Space, Cape Town, South Africa^
14th Annual Art Salon at The Bay, Bay Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa

2004
Contra Mundi, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), 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

2001
YDETAG, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Emergency, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa

^ indicates catalogue/publication


AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2018
Pro Helvetia residency in Zürich, Switzerland

2017
CAT Cologne residency
Nanjing International Festival of Art, award

2014
Nine Urban Biotopes, EU residency in Turin, Italy

2010
Glenfiddich residency in Dufftown, Scotland

2008
Nominated as MTN New Contemporaries finalist

2007
Pro Helvetia residency in Zürich, Switzerland 2008
Capacete residency in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2008 from VideoBrasil

2001
Judy Steinberg Prize, Michaelis Painting Prize