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Embroidery art project weaves history into stories


Cape Town – As part of Constitution Hill’s 25th commemoration since the signing of the Constitution in December 1996, the Living Museum will host a retrospective investigative exhibition titled Death and Resurrection by the Keiskamma Art Project and their contribution to the world of art, advocacy and activism.

Through their art, the project explored the fabric of the Xhosa narrative, socio-political positions, plagues and pandemics as well as South African and African society by weaving these stories into stories over the past two decades.

Death and Resurrection Curator Pippa Hetherington said there were five curatorial themes for the exhibit and these included art and disease, environment and the natural world, resurrection, occupation and resistance and, finally, our daily bread. A constant theme of death and resurrection was found throughout.

Hetherington organized the exhibit with Cathy Stanley and said they aimed to create visibility for the project through this exhibit and to make people aware of the history, storytelling, heritage and role that these artists played in the mechanism of the embroidery as a narration.

A rendering of the exhibition space presenting the Keiskamma Guernica, made in 2010, mixed media including appliqués, embroidery, felt, wire, blankets, metal and beads. Image: Supplied

“For 20 years, we have witnessed the magic that is possible through community. The Keiskamma Art Project is proof of that, ”said Hetherington.

Michaela Howse, Keiskamma Art Project, said: “We truly believe this is an opportunity to question the perception of contemporary African art and to present a collective on African soil, then to make it travel.

“Besides the national and international impact of providing insight into the intersections of social, health and art, the visibility of the Keiskamma Art Project is vital for the ripple effect of the sustainability of artistic creation. and the livelihoods of artists. “

African Artist’s Foundation Founder and Director Azu Nwagbogu said: “This retrospective exhibit highlights traditional oral histories and acts as a megaphone to amplify stories and experiences by and for people who would not be heard otherwise. “

Those interested in helping the Keiskamma Art Project reach their goal are encouraged to donate through their BackaBuddy page or contact Hetherington by email. [email protected]