Dan Halter’s artistic practice is informed entirely by his position as a Zimbabwean living in South Africa. His work confronts his sense of a dislocated national identity, human migration and the dark humour of present realities in Southern Africa. Halter employs everyday materials familiar in Zimbabwe and South Africa, adopting local popular visual strategies as a way to engage with the politics of the history of oppression in Southern Africa that continues today. Halter’s work often exploits the notions of craft and curio within a conceptual fine art context.
Dan Halter was born in Zimbabwe in 1977. In addition to five solo exhibitions, Halter has participated in numerous group shows including US at the South African National Gallery, curated by Simon Njami, Zeitgenössiche Fotokunst aus Südafrika at the Neuer Berliner Kunstverein (NBK), 2009 Havana Biennale and Earth Matters at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington DC. He has completed four international residencies, in Zürich, Rio de Janeiro, Scotland and Turin. Recent exhibitions include the 7th Triennial of Contemporary Textile Arts of Tournai, Belgium and Dan Halter / Mappa Del Mondo at the Nassauischer Kunstverein in Wiesbaden Germany.
Halter’s also work appears in a number of collections including, The South African National Gallery, UNISA (University of South Africa), University of Cape Town, Scheryn Collection, Artphilein Collection, Pigozzi Collection, SAFFCA Collection, Round About Collection, and the prestigious Rennie Collection.
Dan Halter lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.