Dani Bischoff finalist for Barclays L'Atelier 2015

We are so proud of Dani Bischoff as she has been selected as a Western Cape finalist for Barclays L’Atelier 2015. This talented photographer will be showing with SMITH in the year ahead and will be taking part in our next group show Current.

Barclays L’Atelier is one of South Africa’s most prestigious art competitions. Held annually, it is open to artists aged 21 to 35. Historically, this award has not only ensured that South Africa’s young and emerging artists were recognised, but has also afforded them the opportunity to develop their talents abroad. For the first time, the competition will be opened to some of our neighbouring countries across the African continent in 2015.
Dani describes her series of work below:
"This series began as a response to my experience of becoming a new mother in 2010.
What does it mean to be a mother? What are the pre-requisites? What does it take?
These were questions I was interrogating on a fundamentally personal level as it became clear that the possibility of my husband and I conceiving was remote. When we decided to adopt our child (Bijou), it was natural that my own self-reflection on the significance and nature of the maternal bond would intensify.

This work reflects that fierce and unrelenting self-reflection and scrutiny that has characterized my experiences of motherhood thus far. By embracing the conventions of portraiture and employing the direct and unwavering gaze of the subject I invite the viewer to think of these images as a reflection of their own perceptions on the concept of Motherhood."

Dani will be taking part in the next group show at SMITH called 'Current' which will be on show from 6th May.