There are currently two exhibitions on show at the KZNSA Gallery:
The first exhibition in the Mail Gallery allows you to take a trip around the world with ‘Re-stitching Culture: Indigenous Dolls of South Africa, Australia and Canada’. Encountering Countenance, ‘Re-Stitching Culture’ reclaims traditional practice, explores health and well-being, and reveals intimate human stories through the art of doll making.
This exhibition showcases and brings together three international examples of doll-making from three indigenous groups. The artists all use doll making to highlight cultural practices that support healing through storytelling, and the sharing of oral personal narratives that promote the transmission of cultural teachings.
Encountering the Gomeroi gaaynggal program colourful Yarning dolls (Australia); the Six Nations Haudenosaunee People, their faceless corn husk dolls (Canada); and the Siyazama Project (South Africa) with their beautiful beaded dolls, that support locally relevant HIV/AIDS education, is an unusual and unique visual experience.
The ‘Re-Stitching Culture’ collection of dolls illustrates how the local indigenous communities from each nation are strengthened through reciprocal, creative and healing processes. This, in turn, supports capacity building for problem solving and the reclaiming of indigenous knowledge, history and identity.
Communal craft and art has traditionally been a visually powerful medium for expressing cultural identities. In the pre-colonial past, plant and animal materials were gathered and crafted in combination with storytelling, singing and dancing. These actions helped to maintain social relations, perpetuate ideals and support cultural behaviours that were considered beneficial in upholding communal well-being.
Doll making is an example of a communal visual art form that plays a role in supporting healthy indigenous communities. This communal gathering of individuals to learn new artistic skills and to revitalize the stories, memories and identities are exemplified by the making of their individual dolls, which are all now presented in exhibition form to further the cause and inform the public.
IiAt the Mezzanine Gallery you can see Markus Wörsdörfer’s photographic solo exhibition, ‘DriftArt’ in which the photographer takes a dreamy, poetic look at findings along the shoreline.
Both exhibitions will be on show until the 19th of August 2018.