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NOMALUNGELO: THREADS TO FREEDOM

 

A solo exhibition by Amita Makan
The Mess Hall, The Old Fort, 11 Kotze Street, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg
Public opening on Thursday, 13 March 2014, 5.30pm
Exhibition closes on Friday, 4 April 2014

Amita Makan My Black President 2013 Hand-embroidered silk and metallic threads, Swarovski crystals, sequins, vintage sari, silken organza and tulle

My Black President
2013
Hand-embroidered silk and metallic threads, Swarovski crystals, sequins, vintage sari, silken organza and tulle
84 x 69cm

 

by Amita Makan


Amita Makan repurposes her beloved mother’s silk saris as the starting point for Nomalungelo: Threads to Freedom. The artist has, here, embroidered threads and fragments of these garments into a series of eight delicate portraits that trace the legacies of Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuku and Brenda Fassie. Through her process, Makan gives a renewed life to these three queens of international music, and traces their remarkable contribution to igniting the flames of South African freedom.

Amita Makan holds an M.A. degree from Rhodes University (1993). Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions locally and abroad, and is held in the collections of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, UNISA, University of Pretoria, Edoardo Villa Museum, South African Reserve Bank, and the Chowmahallah Palace art collection in India. She lives and works in Pretoria, South Africa. Forthcoming projects include group exhibitions at the Nirox Projects, Johannesburg, and at the Luciano Benetton Foundation for the Biennale di Venezia, 2015.

The exhibition is curated by Brenton Maart, curator of the South African Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale, and supported by Constitution Hill and Webber Wentzel.



 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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