Dineo Seshee Bopape


Artists Books/Catalogues

accompanying the exhibition

Format: 11 x 16.5 cm
Details: thread stitching, scented print varnish, 256 pages
Concept: Dineo Seshee Bopape
Text: Dineo Seshee Bopape
Secession 2022
Distribution: Revolver Publishing


  1. blessed greetings…

deep strong inhale,
hold for 4 counts,
exhale for 7

  1. smile inside your belly
  2. with 2 fingers, rub the
    surface of the paper
  3. smell paper

pula, ga ene! ga ene…!

clap to the rhythm of
your heart beat!

With “Secession,” Dineo Seshee Bopape transports the reader into the world of African scents. Nothing distracts. The book has been left mostly unprinted, but each right-hand page is coated with a scented print varnish manufactured using a traditional hydro-distillation technique out of the material of earthenware clay vessels to simulate the fragrance of parched soil and withered plants after a rainstorm.

Reinforcing this sense perception associated with powerful emotions and memories, a QR code opens an audio file recoded by Bopape that enhances the experience of rain with an acoustic dimension.

€ 15,—