Dineo Seshee Bopape: 〰️ [when spirituality was a baby]

Collective, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
24 Nov 2018 - 10 Feb 2019

Dineo Seshee Bopape,  [when spirituality was a baby], installation view, Collective, 2018

Dineo Seshee Bopape, [when spirituality was a baby], installation view, Collective, 2018

Dineo Seshee Bopape’s expansive multi-media practice explores memory, narration, and representation as contingent forms. Drawing on a diverse range of visual and conceptual matter, her work often utilises commonplace materials (soil, bricks, timber) and archival images, as well as natural and technological systems as support.

Dineo’s new installation at Collective has been created in relation to the rich history of the City Observatory site on Calton Hill. Combining carefully selected materials and forms, the work considers notions of spirituality, cosmology, astronomy and astrology.

Part of Affinity and Allusion
Featuring new work spanning sculpture, installation, performance, audio work and text by six artists chosen specially for the opening of Collective, Affinity and Allusion will be presented across all of Collective’s exhibition spaces, grounds and buildings. The artists brought together all create art which fundamentally asks us to question how we view the world around us, an approach that is central to Collective’s vision for a new kind of city observatory on Calton Hill.

Collective – a new centre for contemporary art – will open in Edinburgh after a major restoration project at one of the capital’s World Heritage sites. The opening marks a fresh chapter in the history of the Observatory site and for Collective, an organisation active on the Scottish arts scene since 1984. Collective will position itself as a new kind of observatory, inviting the public to view the world around them through the lens of contemporary art.

〰️ [when spirituality was a baby] is commissioned by Collective with guest curator Osei Bonsu and is supported by The Elephant Trust and The Royal Overseas League through a residency at Hospitalfield.



City Observatory
38 Calton Hill



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