D A N I E L    H A L T E R

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Font for a Revolution / Zimbabwe

The Space of Aids
Land classification map of Zimbabwe interwoven with shredded Harari telephone directory


More Fire (Many Millet Grains Do Not Make Porridge)


Look East


No One is Perfect
(I Don't Know What to Believe)


Artist's Statement

Dan Halter is a white Zimbabwean presently residing in Cape Town. His art deals with his own experience of life in Africa. The nature of his work is informed by local methods of art production such as weaving, sculpture and collage. In this way he likes to combine manufacture with concept. For example woven maps of Zimbabwe form a fabric or fabrication of layered meaning. Other works translate painting into collage with paint-sample cards, fonts into typefaces out of matches and matchboxes and iconic Zimbabwean curio sculptures into mass-produced plastic forms.


Daniel Halter was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1977. He left Zimbabwe after his A' Levels and completed a one year foundation art course at the Schüle für Gestaltung in Zürich, Switzerland. After this he relocated to South Africa where in 2001, he graduated from the Michaelis School of fine Art at the University of Cape Town with a BA (FA). He had his first solo show at João Ferreira Gallery in Cape Town titled Take Me to Your Leader in 2006. He has taken part in numerous group shows including Second to None at South African National Gallery and the Next Wave Festival in Melbourne, Australia in 2006. He teaches part time in Videography at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT.

Born in Harare, Zimbabwe 1977
Lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa
2001 BA (FA) in painting. Painting prize. Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town
1997 One year foundation course at the Schule für Gestaltung, Zürich, Switzerland

Solo Exhibitions (* indicates catalogue/publication)

2006 Take Me To Your Leader, João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town*

Group Exhibitions (* indicates catalogue/publication)

2006 Second to None, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
The Cape Town Biennale, Blank Projects, Cape Town
The Last Braai 666, in collaboration with Christian Nerf and Ed Young. L/B's Lounge, Cape Town
Next Wave Festival, Melbourne, Australia
14th Annual Art Salon at The Bay, Bay Hotel, Cape Town
2005 Black and White Poster Project, Dirt Contemporary Art Space, Cape Town*
2004 Contra Mundi, Association for Visual Arts (AVA), Cape Town
Exchange Views on?/ Echange vues sur?, Espace Croix-Baragnon, France and Michaelis Gallery, University of Cape Town*
2003 Picnic, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town*
Meeting: Art in the Water Closet. Gallerie Puta. 2A Dysart Road, Cape Town
2001 YDETAG, South African National Gallery, Cape Town
2001 Emergency, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town


Take Me To Your Leader, for the exhibition at João Ferreira Gallery 2006, pp 92 [self published]


South African National Gallery and private collections

Selected Publications

Melvyn Minnaar 'Melancholy and loss mark debut solo show' Cape Times, 25 September 2006 p11
Theo Kleynhans 'Wekroep wat media oortref' Die Burger, 19 September 2006 p10
Miles Keylock 'The agony and the ecstasy' The Mail and Guardian, 1 September 2006 p10
Tim Leibbrandt 'Dan Halter- Take Me to Your Leader' Michaelis Bloggers, 15 September 2006
[Online] Available: http://blogs.uct.ac.za/blog/michaelis_bloggers Robert Sloon 'Jagged Little Pill. Dan Halter's Take Me to Your Leader' ArtHeat blog, 14 September
2006 [Online] Available: http://artheat.blogspot.com/2006/09/jagged-little-pill-dan-halters-take-me.html
Samuel Herzog 'Grosse erwartungen am Kap der Guten Hoffnung', NZZ. 7 September 2006
[Online] Available: http://www.nzz.ch/2006/09/07/fe/articleEFVRB.html Suzy Bell 'Art award shows vision and imagination' Cape Times 20 September 2005 p2

Teaching Record

Lecturer, Videography Elective, Third Year. Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town


2001 Judy Steinberg Prize
Michaelis Painting Prize

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