Press Release

Dineo Seshee Raisibe Bopape (b. 1981, Polokwane, South Africa) is an artist who lives in various realms. The Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma is pleased to announce (ka) pheko ye—the dream to come, Bopape’s first solo exhibition in the Nordic region.



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International Archives 2nd half of 2023

Dineo Seshee Raisibe Bopape, the dream to come

Museum Kiasma, Helsinki (Finland)

06.10.2023 - 25.02.2024




The work of Dineo Seshee Raisibe Bopape explores elemental, metaphysical and socio-historical matter as tools to process social conundrums.

Grounded in ancient southern African creation myths and lore of matter, the artist employs re-membering as a form of knowledge production transmitted through time and process, conferring healing to material and symbolic embodiments of “her” (the lineage of the feminine) within the collective and the self within.

Bopape’s practice choreographs a constellation of agencies wherein repressed or fore-gotten stories are invoked, (re)membered and re-processed. Employing materials such as soil, clay, ceramic, rocks and plant matter, she creates environments that bear a semblance and affinity to recesses and portals.

The exhibition at Kiasma is grounded around Dreaming as an inter-being methodology to engage with Reality. In collaboration with the Frantsila organic herb farm, the artist connected with ancient Finnish healing practices based in flower and herbal relations and smoke sauna traditions. The new, site-specific installation turns the fifth floor of the museum into a scent-laden circuit. An immersive environment is constructed through the exhibition’s title, sculpture, light, scent, sound, moving image and drawing.

The exhibition is produced in collaboration with Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Zürich where the process of the works will be elaborated further.

The exhibition is curated by João Laia, Chief Curator of Exhibitions at Kiasma.

Exhibition 06 October 2023 - 25 February 2023. Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Mannerheiminaukio 2 -00100 Helsinki (Finland). Hours : Tue–ri 10–0.30, Sat 10–8, Sun 10–7. Mon closed.





Dineo Seshee Raisibe Bopape, the dream to come, Museum Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland

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Dineo Seshee Raisibe Bopape. Photo: Frantsila / Miki Tokairin / Miisa Soini.

Dineo Seshee Raisibe Bopape. Photo: Frantsila / Miki Tokairin / Miisa Soini.