Dungamanzi / Stirring Waters: Tsonga and Shangaan Art from Southern Africa

  • Location: South African National Gallery
  • From: January 1, 2008     To: June 30, 2008
Dungamanzi / Stirring Waters: Tsonga and Shangaan Art from Southern Africa

‘Dungamanzi / Stirring Waters’ is the first exhibition to comprehensively celebrate and showcase Tsonga and Shangaan art - some of South Africa’s finest heritage objects. This groundbreaking exhibition brings an awareness of the creativity and skill found in and around Limpopo Province.

In the past, the voices of artists who created traditional artworks were largely absent from museum and gallery displays. With the input of artist Billy Makhubele, who collected many of the treasured pieces – particularly the fine sangoma items – this exhibition creates a ‘living’ archive. It presents the Makhubele family, whose story is one of resilience and survival through the political climate of the late 19th century and the apartheid era. Their beaded artworks form a permanent record of South African history over the past few decades.

“Dungamanzi / Stirring Waters” is supported by the City of Johannesburg, Johannesburg Art Gallery, National Heritage Council, National Arts Council, Arts and Culture Trust, Wits University Press, Natalie Knight Gallery, Ove Arup, CD Shipping, the Consulate General of Switzerland and Kulula.com.

Walkabouts and tours can be arranged. A catalogue, poster, pamphlet and DVD are on sale at the Gallery Shop.


Carol Kaufmann
Tel: +27 (0)21 467 4672
Email: ckaufmann@iziko.org.za.

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