Cameron Platter is a South African contemporary artist living and working in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal. Platter was born in Johannesburg and completed his BAFA at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, Cape Town in 2001. His debut solo exhibition Party Time was held at Blank Projects, Cape Town in 2006.
Platter works as an interdisciplinary artist, employing a wide variety of media from drawing and sculpture to textiles, painting and video. His practice is characterised by vibrant, colourful works that are equally playful and provocative, investigating the sinister (including themes of sex, beauty, and politics) in a comparably palatable manner. His subject matter is drawn from pop culture, the everyday and the overlooked. The iconography which punctuates Platter’s art leans towards the absurd, from dolphins and hamburgers to Rolex watches. His typography is often borrowed from bumper stickers and locally recognised placards.
Platter has exhibited extensively around the globe, including at SFMOMA, San Francisco; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Le Biennale de Dakar, Senegal; and the Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town amongst others. In 2013, he participated in the 55th Venice Biennale. His work is held in a number of major collections, such as MOMA, New York and Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town.
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