Dineo Seshee Bopape, Lerole: Footnotes (the struggle of memory against forgetting) (detail), 2018, mixed media. Installation view.

Dineo Seshee Bopape

Sfeir-Semler Gallery | Hamburg

Spellbinding from the moment one first laid eyes on it, the sprawling installation Lerole: Footnotes (the struggle of memory against forgetting), 2018, was an expansive gesture of aesthetic autonomy and a richly orchestrated referential ensemble whose powerful physical presence intimated spiritual dimensions. The piece, which lent its title to this recent exhibition by the South African artist Dineo Seshee Bopape, premiered at the Leopold Museum in Vienna in 2017, but the artist thoroughly reenvisions it each time it is displayed, responding to the specificity of each setting while drawing on the same group of interrelated elements.

For the materially and intellectually complex installation at Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Bopape spent about ten days reshaping the work in an intuitive process. Hundreds of uniformly sized adobe bricks were stacked in fields or blocks of varying dimensions that formed

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