About Dan Halter
Dan Halter, born in Zimbabwe in 1977, graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BFA in 2001. His solo exhibitions include Take Me to Your Leader (2006) at João Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town, Never say Never (2008) at Derbylius Gallery, Milan, Double Entry (2010), The Truth Lies Here (2012) and The Original is Unfaithful to The Translation (2015) at Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town. Group shows include the 16th and 17th VideoBrasil (2007 & 2011) in São Paulo, the 10th Havana Biennale (2009), the Dakar Biennale (2010) and Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Halter has been an artist in residence in Zürich (Switzerland), in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), in Dufftown (Scotland) and Turin (Italy).
Dan Halter’s artistic practice is informed entirely by his position as a Zimbabwean living in South Africa. Thereby his work confronts his sense of a dislocated national identity, human migration and the dark humour of present realities in Southern Africa. Halter employs every-day materials and adopts local popular visual strategies as a form of expression; this often exploits the notions of craft and curio within a conceptual art context.
About the project
The large linocut made at Warren Editions is based on the engraving of the piled rocks (located outside of Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe) found on all the Zimbabwean Dollars. The currency had been released in various colours due in part to the hyperinflation in Zimbabwe resulting in the need to re-denominate the currency, the highest banknote is a $100 trillion. Many of the notes are in bright colours and lends a certain aesthetic to the image on the banknote. Now the Zimbabwean Dollar is redundant, no longer in circulation and viewed as a curio object. The banknotes are available to purchase as a collectors object at places like Green Market Square in Cape Town, South Africa or online from Banknote World, Great American Coin Company, One Hundred Trillions and Google.
Halter carved his image in linoleum flooring over a period of a month. The objective of the studio is to produce a number of editions each in a particular colour – referencing the colours used for the denominations. The title Domboremari is from the Shona language and when roughly translated means “the place of money”.
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