Dan Halter’s artistic practice is directly related to his identity as a Zimbabwean living in South Africa. In an artist statement, he has said that this work “deals with [his] sense of dislocated national identity, human migration and the dark humour of present realities in Southern Africa”.
In , Halter repurposes excess fragments from previous works, creating this sculptural work for the proto~ Specialised collection. The work is made up of slivers of railway lines cut out from maps, bundled together and perched on a stand.
In its structure, the piece resembles a rolling tumbleweed, a symbol of isolation and silence passing through barren land, reinforcing Halter’s message of displacement and finding a sense of place, as the title suggests.
10 x 22 x 10 cm | archival paper on perspex stand
Zimbabwean artist Dan Halter (b. 1977) graduated from the University of Cape Town with a bachelor’s degree in fine art in 2001. He currently lives and works in Cape Town, South Africa.