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DOUBLE ENTRY is Dan Halter’s second solo show in South Africa after his critically acclaimed 2006 exhibition entitled Take me to your leader at João Ferreira Gallery.

As a relatively fortunate Zimbabwean living in South Africa, Halter investigates and draws attention to the plight of less fortunate fellow Zimbabweans now displaced in South Africa. Dubbed the pejorative ‘kwerekwere’ these foreigners are often confronted with xenophobic violence by their South African counterparts. Halter is also concerned with the relations between the two neighbouring countries. He seeks to interrogate empty promises made by governments on both sides.

Informed by two field trips to the Beitbridge border between Zimbabwe and South Africa, this new body of work looks at the notorious barrier and the passage Zimbabwean immigrants face in order to get into South Africa. With a touch of Halter’s own dark humour, this exhibition of video, print and installation relates to these ongoing issues.

Halter has taken part in numerous group exhibitions including Dak’Art 2010 (9th Biennial of Contemporary African Art), the 11th Harare International Festival of Art (HIFA 2010), the 10th Havana Biennial in 2009, the 3rd Guangzhou Triennial in 2008 and the 16th VideoBrasil in 2007.

In 2008 Halter also exhibited in Milan with a solo show titled never say never at the Derbylius Gallery. That same year he was nominated as one of the MTN New Contemporaries and he took part in two residencies, one in Zürich and one in Rio de Janeiro. The Artist has recently been selected to take part in the Glenfiddich Artist in Residence program in Scotland in July 2010.

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