Born in Harare in 1977, he lives and works in Cape Town. He graduated with a BFA from the University of Cape Town. He has taken part in Dak’Art – Biennale de l’art africain contemporain, Dakar, in 2010, and the 10th Havana Biennial in 2009. Residencies include Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in Zurich, Capacete in Rio de Janeiro, Glen ddich in Du town, Scotland; 9 Urban Biotopes in Turin, Italy and CAT Cologne, Germany. He has participated in the 16th and 17th editions of International Contemporary Art Festival Sesc_Videobrasil, São Paulo, in 2007 and 2011, and won a prize at the 16th edition. He has also won an award at the Nanjing International Art Festival, China, in 2017.
Major group exhibitions include Energy Flash – The Rave Movement, M HKA – Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, Belgium in 2016; Brave New World... 20 Years of Democracy, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town, in 2015; Unerasable Memories: A Historic Look at the Videobrasil Collection, Sesc Pompeia, São Paulo in 2014, and Earth Matters, Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., in 2013.
Dan Halter’s work is conceptual, labour-intensive and engages with various forms of craft such as weaving. He engages with language and materiality in his work, which often contains a dark humour and deals with the colonial history of Southern Africa and the present-day repercussions including racism, xenophobia and human migration.
2019 Cross the River in a Crowd, Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town
2018 Please Call Me, Whatiftheworld Gallery, CapeTown
2018 Patience Can Cook a Stone, Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town
2017 Zimbabwean Tra c, Konstmuseet i Skövde, Skövde, Sweden