ARCO Lisbon, AFRONOVA GALLERY, Lisbon, Portugal
2022 – 2023
Ozangè Biennale of African Photography, Malaga, Spain.
Norval Sovereign African Art Prize Finalists Exhibition, Norval Foundation, Cape
Town, South Africa
Paris Photo, Grand Palais éphémère, Paris, France
Reframing History, Vogue Photo Festival, Italy
Mother of Mankind, HOFA, London, UK
Becoming: What is & What is not, Oliewenhuis Art Museum, Bloemfontein
Abadali Development Artist, JP Morgan Chase, Johannesburg, South Africa
TAF18 Graduates Show, Turbine Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
Student Exhibition, Association of Arts Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Sasol New Signatures, Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, South Africa
Shared Histories, Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, South Africa
Iyazikhulumela, FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
It is what it is, Fringe Art Fair, Johannesburg, South Africa
3rd Year Student Exhibition, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
African Photography Biennial OZANGÉ, Neomania Magazine, February 2023
Shortlist for The Norval Sovereign African Art Prize 2023 Revealed, Contemporary And, November 2022
Meet the artists shortlisted for the 2023 Norval Sovereign African Art Prize, Creative Feel, November 2022
Paris Photo 2021, kaléidoscope d’Afrique, Le Point, December 2021
Elles x Paris Photo : le regard colonial déconstruit par Dimakatso Mathopa, Fish Eye Magazine, November 2021
Paris Photo 2021 : Elles x Paris Photo, L’Oeil de la Photographie, November 2021
Semaine de la photo et plus encore : Paris Photo, Approche, Photo Days, Artaïs Art Contemporain, November 2021
Ten Unmissable Highlights From Paris Photo 2021, another magazine, November 2021
Photo Vogue Festival 2021 • Reframing History, Vogue Italy, October 2021
Women’s Month: Five South African female artists to invest in, The South African, August 2020
Dimakatso Mathopa, Dazed, October 2018
Artist Profile: Dimakatso Mathopa, Between 10 and 5, November 2019
Born in Mpumalanga in 1995. Lives and works in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mathopa’s interest in printmaking techniques such as Van Dyke Brown and silkscreen led to her discovery of the Cyanotype process, an old photographic printing process that produces a monochrome cyan-blue prints. Mathopa has been transforming her concept- photographs into cyanotype prints and began her recent ongoing series, Individual Beings Relocated.
Mathopa’s work looks at the representations of black women in a colonial context and explores how the colonial gaze has been subverting their portrayal. The depictions of black subjects throughout history have been instrumental in building the present stereotypes that stand out vividly in the representations of black women in South Africa today.
The ongoing series Individual Beings Relocated aims to deconstruct and reconstruct how colonialism has historically shaped the representations of a black woman. Photographing herself in a ‘colonial space’, performing the role of the ‘black subject’ using her semi-naked body and transforming the photographic images into cyanotype prints allow her to redeem her own personal narratives and tell the stories of these Individual beings relocated.
Mathopa is currently in residency at the Bag Factory in Johannesburg.