Cameron Platter

South African

Cameron Platter’s (b. 1978, Johannesburg) work in painting, drawing, sculpture, video, collage, poetry, tapestry, and web, appropriates and filters, in a highly personal and idiosyncratic way, the enormous amount of information available today. Blurring the distinction between high and low, his eclectic and multi-disciplinary approach to art making, typically draws from sources as disparate as fast food, art history, ecology, psychedelics, landscape, advertising, therapy, collage, and consumerism.

Recent exhibitions include ‘Solid Waste’, Whatiftheworld Gallery, Cape Town; ‘FR1000ID’, Blank Projects, Cape Town; ‘Teen Non_Fiction’, 1301PE, Los Angeles; ‘You Look Like Your Face’, Eric Hussenot, Paris; ‘ZOL’, Blank Projects, Cape Town; ‘U-SAVED-ME’, Depart Foundation, Los Angeles; 2015 Artist in Residence at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA); ‘Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa’, SFMOMA, San Francisco;  ‘Imaginary Fact, Contemporary South African Art and the Archive’, 55th Venice Biennale; ‘De Leur Temps’, Musee des Beaux-arts de Nantes; ‘Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now’, MoMA, New York; ‘Les Rencontres Internationales’, Palais de Tokyo (2014) and The Centre Georges Pompidou (2010), Paris; Le Biennale de Dakar 2010, Dakar, Senegal; ‘Coca- Colonization’, Marte Museum, El Salvador; and ‘Absent Heroes’, Iziko South African National Gallery.

His work appears in the permanent collection of MoMA, New York.

His work has been featured in NYAQ, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Vice Magazine, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, The BBC, Utflukt, Art South Africa, L’Officiel, Protocollum, and Artforum.

He lives and works in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.



The Message is the Message

Cameron Platter
September 23 - December 4, 2021
The exhibition concentrates on the theme of trash, embracing the complexity of all the different meanings the word “trash” embodies. In Cameron Platter's world, trash is a wide concept that includes ecological aspects like: environmental degradation, mutations and toxicity. But trash also overcomes this perspective and is metaphor for our society’s debris. The exhibition includes large drawings and wood sculptures of plastic chairs.