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biographie  cameron platter

Born 1978 Johannesburg, SA. Lives and works in Shaka’s Rock, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Cameron Platter (born 1978 Johannesburg) lives and works in KwaZulu Natal and Capetown, South Africa.

His work is a fantastical document of contemporary morality ; using stories appropriated from the universal themes of sex, love, violence, beauty, advertising, food, war, pornography, writing, politics, redemption, religion, man’s badness and goodness, dancing, history, lust, greed, things falling apart, television and spaceships.

Mixing traditional and new mediums, through drawing, video and sculpture, Platter creates a tapestry that is homage to historical themes, and an ironical take on what it means to be alive today in contemporary South Africa.

His work appears in the permanent collection of MOMA, New York ; The FRAC des Pays de la Loire, France ; and the Iziko South African National Gallery. His work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vice Magazine, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art, Artforum, and Art South Africa, L’Officiel Art.


Monster, Galerie Hussenot, Paris.
I saw this - WhatIfTheWorld/Gallery, Cape Town South Africa
Everyday Apocalypse, Jack Bell Gallery, London.
Empty Promises, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria.
You, Galerie Hussenot, Paris
Fucking Hell, Whatiftheworld gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Hard Times, Great Expectations, Whatiftheworld/ Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
The Old Fashion, Volta NY, New York, USA
Cameron Platter, Rio Loco Festival, Toulouse, France
I Am Lonelyness, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Black Up That White Ass II, YOUNGBLACKMAN, Cape Town, South Africa
Studio, KNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa 3 Stories, KZNSA Gallery, Durban, South Africa
Too Much of Anything is Very Dangerous, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Kwakuhlekisa, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Life Is Very Interesting, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
A Bird, A Machine, and Some Hard Work, UCT Art Gallery, South Africa


Public Intimacy. Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa, SFMOMA, San Francisco.
Imaginary Fact : South African Art and the Archive, South African Pavillion, 55th Venice Biennale. Curated by Brenton Maart.
De leur temps, HAB Galerie, Nantes, ADIAF collection.
Beyond Apartheid : Sex, Race, and Politics in Contemporary Africa, Galeria Lunara, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Curated by Bernardo José de Souza.
A Perfect Day, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam. Curated by Dave Eggers.
Absent Heroes, Iziko South African National Gallery. Curated by Pam Warne.
Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now, Museum of Modern Art, MoMA New York. Curated by Judith Hecker.
Rencontres Internationales, Haus Der Kultur, Berlin. Curated by Nathalie Henon and Jean- Francois Rettig.
Coca- Colonized, Marte Museum, El Salvador. Curated by Claire Breukel.
Africa !, Galerie Hussenot, Paris. Curated by Andre Magnin.
New Positions, Art Cologne.
Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to now – MOMA NY.
Africa, Galerie Hussenot, Paris, France.
Spier Contemporary, Travelling, South Africa
Clair/ Obscur Film Festival, Basel, Switzerland Manifesto, Co-Op, Johannesburg, South Africa Word Up !, AVA Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Volta 05, Basel, Whatiftheworld/ Gallery
Sing Into My Mouth, Whatiftheworld/ Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Johannesburg Art Fair, KZNSA Gallery, South Africa
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Art 39 Basel, Hilger Contemporary
Prints & Editions 08, Whatiftheworld/ Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Viennafair, Galerie Ernst Hilger, Vienna, Austria
Love, South Beach Emporium, Miami, USA
Art Cologne, Hilger Contemorary, Cologne, Germany
Analog-Digital-Fractal, Galerie Ernst Hilger, PULSE, Miami, USA
06, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Tour, a slice of life, Hilger Contemporary, Vienna, Austria
Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Holland
About Face, Klein Karoo National Art Festival, South Africa
20 Artists>10 Years, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
KO Video/ 1st Durban Video Festival, Durban Art Gallery, Durban, South Africa
Shots New Directors Showcase, London, England and Cannes, France
2nd Black and White Poster Project, Dirt Contemporary Art Space, Cape Town
Printtttt, AVA gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
In Motion, Franchise, Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Years 100 Artists, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Negotiate ; Conciliation Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Brett Kebble Art Awards, Cape Town, South Africa
In Motion, Erdmann Contemporary, Cape Town, South Africa
Saatchi and Saatchi New Directors Showcase, Cannes Lions Festival, France
Contra Mundi, AVA gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Exchange views on..., Espace Croix-Baragon, Toulouse, France
ABSA Atelier, ABSA Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Picnic, Bell-Roberts, Cape Town, South Africa
Art as Usual, Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
Galerie Puta, 2a Dysart Road, Cape Town, South Africa
Movements in Time and Space, Didata, Johannesburg, South Africa
YDETAG, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa
Stolen Painting, Art Night Out, Cape Town, South Africa
Returning the Gaze, One City, Many Cultures, Cape Town, South Africa
Emergency, Bell-Roberts Gallery, Cape Town, South Africa


MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) New York
Iziko South African National Gallery
FRAC Centre, France
Fondation Sindika Dokolo, Angola
Laurence Graff Collection Margulies Collection, Miami, USA
Sagamore Collection, Miami, USA
Didata Collection, Johannesburg, South Africa


Alex Sudheim, Cameron Platter, Art South Africa, Vol07 Issue 03, 2009
Carol Brown, Best of 2008,, Feb 2009
Peter Machen, Cameron Platter’s Studio at KZNSA Gallery,, December 2008
Robert Sloon, In Conversation with Cameron Platter,, 20 November 2008
Brenton Maart, Have Fun Before it Ends, Art South Africa, Vol7 Issue 02, 2009
Peter Machen, It’s a Wooden World, Mail & Guardian, 7 November 2008
Peter Machen, The Wooden World of Cameron Platter, Weekend Witness, 25 October 2008
Alex Sudheim, Apocalyptically Prolific, Mail&Guardian, October 17 2008
Carol Brown, Delinquent Outsider,, May 2008
Peter Machen, Zebras from Space and Other Oddities, Witness, Feburary 2008
Alex Sudheim, Tarantino meets Dr Suess, Mail&Guardian, April 2008
Manisha Jothady, Gott tragt Nikes und gar nichts wird gut, Die Presse, Feburary 2008
Greg Baker, Peepshow Surprise, Miami New Times, December 2007
Desne Masie, What Works for You, Financial Times, December 2007
Stephen Hurst, Love, Miami Bourbaki Blogspot
Hazel Friedman, “Cameron Platter” Art South Africa, May 2007
Sean O’Toole, “Out of the Shadows” DAMN Magazine, March/ April 2007
Robert Sloon, “Party Time”, November 2006
Andrew Lamprecht, “Don’t Talk to Me Talk to My Lawyer” Life is Very Interesting Catalogue, November 2006
Andrew Lamprecht, “Animals that One Loves” Life is Very Interesting Catalogue, November 2006
Jane Mayne, 2006, Business Day, February 2006
Jacki McInnes, “Beast Intentions” The Big Issue, February 2006
Lisa Witepski, “Enjoy investing in Art” The South Africa Magazine, February 2006
Carine Zaayman, “Cameron Platter” Art South Africa, December 2005
Caspar Greeff, “Breaking the Waves” Sunday Times, December 2005
Linda Stupart, “Cameron Platter at Bell-Roberts” November 2005
Melvyn Minnaar, “Eye-catching artworks are goofy with gall” Cape Times, October 5, 2005
Miles Keylock, “Big Themes : Pick of the Week” Mail&Guardian, October 2005
Kristina Melville, “Joburg Diary” Sawubona
Andrew Lamprecht, “Cameron Platter” 10 Years 100 Artists Andrew Lamprecht, “Bling-bling wildlife” Timeout 2005
Alba Poretti, “Goodall and Platter” Art South Africa, December 2004
Virginia MacKenny, “Configuring culture-art is what you make of it” BKAA catalogue 2004
James Cunningham, “Cameron Platter : Director, Animator” The Callsheet, Media Reporter, “Young SA lions roar in Cannes” Saturday Star, July 3 2004
Peter Machen, "Gallery of Whores Visits Durban" The Independent on Saturday, 22 May 2004
Rober Bodil, "Simply Assassinating" Daily News, 21 May 2004 Andrew Lamprecht, “Flash, Aha” Art South Africa, March 2004
Tracey Murinik, “Picnic” Art South Africa, March 2004
Melvyn Minnaar, “Smart, Sassy Solo Show Succeeds” Cape Times 19 January 2004
Paul Edmunds, “ Cameron Platter at Joao Ferreira” January 2004
Zachary Yorke, “Dada and Development in Cape Town” Thisday 20 November 2003
Michael Stevenson, “Playfully Subversive” Movements in Time and Space, June 2003
Tracey Murinik, “Meeting in the Water Closet”, June 2003
Tracey Murinik, “Bright Young Things” Art South Africa, March 2003
Sue Williamson, “Sue Williamson’s Diary”, March 2003
Tracey Murinik, “Michaelis Exhibition 2001” December 2001
Mgcineni Sobopha, “Returning the Gaze” NKA Journal of Contemporary Art, 13/ 14 Judy Damon, “Artists Seek Stolen Painting” Cape Times 4 October 2000
Sue Williamson, “New on the Block” October 2000
Paul Edmunds, “Emergency at the Bell-Roberts” July 2000


Power of Thoughts
The Old Fashion
Black Up That White Ass II
The Battle of Rorkes Drift III
2009 Color Blind (Vivid Raw)
Vol 2
2007 The Stripper and the Zebras ; Mr Muafangejo and the Lion ; and the Crocodile and God (Also known as 3 Stories)
How the Crocodile Got his Shoes and Other Collected Stories
Beware the Curves
2005 My BM is Bigger Than Yours (Also known as When Days Are Dark Friends Are Few)
Strangers in the Dark and Stormy Night
Vexation Island
Jealous is the Freedom of Fools
The Love is Approaching
The Attack of the Killer Zebras from Outer Space

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