Dan Halter

 
 
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Halter creates labour-intensive works of art that often employ both crafts people and the language of craft in a conceptual way. An African proverb or saying may serve as a starting point and language and text play important roles in his work. Weaving paper in the form of money, maps and books is something that the artist has developed working alongside Bienco Ikete, a refugee from the DRC. Ubiquitous materials that resonate in some way, for example the cheap Chinese-made plastic-weave bags that have become synonymous with migrants around the world make up other works. Originally from Zimbabwe and now living in South Africa, migration and the complicated history of colonial oppression in southern Africa inform much of his work.