Cameron Platter
Johannesburg, South Africa
NationalitySouth African

Cameron Platter (born July 27, 1978) is a Cape Town and Durban, South Africa-based contemporary visual artist.


Cameron Platter was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied at the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.

Recent exhibitions include 'Salami',[1] GNYP Gallery, Berlin (2018);

'SCREAMING HALLELUJAH',[2] Ever Gold [Projects], San Francisco (2017);

'U-SAVED-ME',[3] Depart Foundation, Los Angeles (2016);

‘Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa’,[4][5] SFMOMA, San Francisco (2017);

‘Imaginary Fact, Contemporary South African Art and the Archive’,[5][6] 55th Venice Biennale (2013);

‘De Leur Temps’,[7] Musee des Beaux-arts de Nantes (2013);

‘Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now’,[8][9][10] Museum of Modern Art, New York (2011);

‘Les Rencontres Internationales’, Palais de Tokyo (2014) and the Centre Georges Pompidou (2010), Paris;[11]

Le Biennale de Dakar 2010, Dakar, Senegal; ‘Coca- Colonization’, Marte Museum, El Salvador;[12][13]

‘Absent Heroes’ and ‘Brave New World... 20 Years of Democracy’, Iziko South African National Gallery.[14]


Cameron Platter's interdisciplinary work examines consumption, excess, detritus, discord, and conflict within a fragmented South African identity, and fills the ordinary and marginal with incendiary new meaning. Working from everyday experience with subjects overlooked or considered delinquent, sordid and lowbrow, he reconnoiters notions and concepts on the outside fringes of South Africa's popular culture.[15] Platter's work acts as a locus, documenting a dysfunctional contemporary reality.[16]

His work has been described as "unorthodox",[17] "the delinquent love child of Quentin Tarantino and Dr Seuss"[18] and where "the bizarreness of everyday life comes together in an expression unashamedly unforgiving, yet deeply observant".[19]

His work appears in the permanent collections of MoMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York;[8][10][20] FRAC Pays de la Loire, Orleans, France; the Iziko South African National Gallery; the Margulies Collection, Miami, USA; the Zietz Collection, South Africa; the New Church Collection, South Africa.[21]

His work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Vice Magazine, The Guardian, NKA Journal of Contemporary African Art,[22] the BBC, Utflukt, Art South Africa, and Artforum.[23]

Further reading

Cameron Platter: In Conversation with Andrew McClintock, NYAQ, November 2016

Leiman, Leyla. 2014. ‘Featured: Cameron Platter talks about his current show, I SAW THIS’. between 10 and 5 (online) [interview]:

Lamprecht, Andrew. 2014. [exhibition review]

Kyle Tregurtha, True As(s) Confessions, Another Africa, February 2012

Linda Stupart, Fucking Hell: An Interview with Cameron Platter, Mahala, January 2012


  1. ^ "Cameron Platter: Salami GNYP Gallery". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Cameron Platter / SCREAMING HALLELUJAH / April 8 – May 20". Ever Gold [Projects]. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Projects | > Depart Foundation". Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Venice Biennale 2013: An imperfect past ?and its impact on the present". The M&G Online. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b "YBCA". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  6. ^ "South African artists announced for participation in Venice Biennale". Art South Africa. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes : Expositions à venir". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  8. ^ a b "MoMA | Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  9. ^ "MoMA | Category: Impressions from South Africa". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  10. ^ a b "MoMA | The Power of Happiness: Cameron Platter's Impressions from South Africa". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  11. ^ "| LES RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES | new cinema and contemporary art |". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  12. ^ "Coca-colonized". MARTE-C. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  13. ^ "May 2011: Coca-Colonized at the Museum of Art (MARTE Museum) in San Salvador El Salvador | Claire Breukel". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  14. ^ "Event View - Calendar – Iziko Museums". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  15. ^ "Cameron Platter | WHATIFTHEWORLD/ GALLERY". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  16. ^ Hussenot, Eric (2014). "Monster" (PDF). Galerie Hussenot. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  17. ^ ""Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now" - / critics' picks". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  18. ^ "A R T T H R O B _ R E V I E W S _ C A P E". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  19. ^ "Everyday but far from the obvious". The M&G Online. Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  20. ^ Fang, Alexander (25 April 2011). "Spotlight: Cameron Platter in Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now". Inside Out. MoMA. Retrieved 20 January 2014.
  21. ^ "The New Church Museum". Retrieved 8 October 2015.
  22. ^ Bonsu, Osei (21 September 2014). "Cameron Platter in Conversation with Osei Bonsu". Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art. 2014 (35): 114–119. doi:10.1215/10757163-2827910. ISSN 1075-7163.
  23. ^ ""Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now" - / critics' picks". Retrieved 8 October 2015.

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