Dan Halter, born in Zimbabwe in 1977, graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BFA in 2001.
Dan Halter’s artistic practice is informed entirely by his position as a Zimbabwean living in South Africa. Thereby his work confronts his sense of a dislocated national identity, human migration and the dark humour of present realities in Southern Africa. Halter employs every-day materials and adopts local popular visual strategies as a form of expression; this often exploits the notions of craft and curio within a conceptual art context.
His solo exhibitions include Never say Never (2008) at Derbylius Gallery, Milan, Double Entry (2010), The Truth Lies Here (2012) and The Original is Unfaithful to The Translation (2015) at Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town. Group shows include the 16th and 17th VideoBrasil (2007 & 2011) in São Paulo, the 10th Havana Biennale (2009), the Dakar Biennale (2010) and Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Halter has been an artist in residence in Zürich (Switzerland), in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), in Dufftown (Scotland) and Turin (Italy).