Enjoy the art of the Nation Mourns

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Catherine Norman Clive: Bird of Prey and the native recruiting company, pen and ink, 36,5 x 37 cm

Come walk about the isles of the Oliewenhuis Art Museum to see the nation mourn.
The Nation Mourns: Umthi Uphamb’ Inyanga (The medicine has tricked the medicine man) exhibition is a thought-provoking exhibition that is curated by Lydia Mphatja and Thapelo Ramateletse. This exhibition showcases a selection of exceptional artworks from the Permanent Collection of Oliewenhuis Art Museum. The exhibition is currently on display in the Annex Gallery, Main Building, Oliewenhuis Art Museum.
The exhibition aims to reinforce the principles that led to the creation of the South African Constitution, which was signed into law in 1996. Highlighting the promises that the government made to the citizens such as ‘improved quality of life for all people’, the exhibition serves to remind the citizens as well as the South African government of their responsibility to adhere to the principles laid out in the constitution.
The title of the exhibition, The Nation Mourns: Umthi Uphamb’Inyangi is a combination of two artworks. The artworks are by renowned South African artists Lucky Sibiya, uMabatha: The Nation mourns (from the Umabatha series of hand printed woodcuts), and Mirriam Mazungula: Umthi Uphamb’Inyangi which translates to: The medicine has tricked the medicine man. The association found in both Sibiya and Mazungula’s work alludes to the current state of the South African nation, which is deteriorating at an alarming rate. Bearing in mind disturbing instances such as the Marikana massacre, Fees Must Fall Movement, numerous xenophobic attacks, the violation and brutal killings of the LGBTQ+ communities, gender based violence and violence against children.
Come and enjoy the evening walkabout tonight, 16 November at 19:00.
Entrance for this event is free of charge. Refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Oliewenhuis Art Museum at 051-011-0525 (ext 200) or oliewen@nasmus.co.za
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