NOMALUNGELO: THREADS TO FREEDOM
Exhibition closes on Friday, 4 April 2014
My Black President
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.