The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum is celebrating Women’s Month with an exhibition of works by women artists from the museum’s permanent collection.
From political observations to personal reflections, the many works on display express a variety of messages and meanings. Diane Victor’s biting commentary on leadership in post-colonial Africa titled The giving of lessons hangs alongside Sue Williamson’s series of portraits of Winnie Mandela, Helen Joseph and Albertina Sisulu. These portraits produced in 1983 give recognition to the contribution that women played in the liberation struggle.
The print series Corrupted, Bound, Abandoned and Silenced by Ethna Frankenfeld brings attention to the subjugation of women in our current society while a conceptual sculpture made from beadwork by Frances Goodman titled Festering Hatred uncovers the darker side of domestic life.
In Maureen De Jager’s rust painting of a family snapshot, Birthday in Ouma’s flat, she represents how the memory of her late grandmother deteriorates like the rusted metal image. Her work recreates the sadness and nostalgia that is evoked when looking at old family photos.
The exhibition also boasts a selection of ceramic art including a large portrait titled Nokwanda embroiderer by Lynnely Watson which seeks to reveal through subtle body language the underlying psychological state of the embroider. Ayanda Mji draws on African iconography in her work Intakazana while Amanda Heshu looks to nature for inspiration in her ceramic work Lichen bowl.
The exhibition is featured on the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum’s current facebook campaign “365 days of art”. The Art Museum is turning 60 next year and in preparation for this event the museum profiles one artwork from the permanent collection daily on the Art Museum’s facebook page. To participate in this online exhibition just search facebook for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum and “like” our page.
The exhibition closes on 13 September 2015.
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