Visual Arts Alumna Dineo Seshee Bopape Wins Sharjah Biennial Prize

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Visual Arts Program alumna Dineo Seshee Bopape ’10 has been named one of four recipients of the Sharjah Biennial Prize, an award given as part of biennial art event hosted by the Sharjah Art Foundation in the United Arab Emirates.

The Biennial, which was first held in 1993, aims to bring “a broad range of contemporary art and cultural programmes to the communities of Sharjah, the UAE and the region,” according to the foundation’s website. For this year’s biennial, the foundation’s 13th, curator Christine Tohme invited more than 70 artists to present work in response to the theme of “water, crops, earth and culinary,” according to the foundation. The winners of the Prize were chosen by a three-person jury.

Bopape’s winning entry, an installation called “+/- 1791 (monument to the haitian revolution 1791),” “draws parallels between the political liberation of a land, spiritual liberation through revolt and the biological sustenance and sense of nurturing offered by the earth,” according to the website.

The jury for the prize composed of “Dr. Yousif Aydabi, Cultural Advisor at the Dr. Sultan Al Qasimi Centre for Gulf Studies in Sharjah; N'Goné Fall, independent curator and co-founder of GawLab Collective in Dakar; and Adriano Pedrosa Artistic Director of Museu de Arte de São Paulo Assis Chateaubriand (MASP).”

Bopape was born in South Africa and has shown work in both solo and group exhibitions around the world. In 2008, she won the MTN New Contemporaries Award.

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