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Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa

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Photo of the Challenges of fighting AIDS text panel  
   
Photo of an HIV Condoms beadwork "HIV" "Condoms"
The MONKEYBIZ Bead Project was initiated in 2000 by Shirly Fintz and Barbara Jackson, two professional ceramicists, and beadworker Mataphelo Ngaka. Together they coordinated the design, production, and marketing of production of beadwork items by women living in townships (informal settlements) surrounding Cape Town. Among the items they produce are dolls, coasters, bags, placemats, and pictures.
Unidentified artist affiliated with MONKEYBIZ, CapeTown region, Western Cape Province, South Africa.
2005. Loomed beadwork.
MSUM 2005:34.5
10 3/4" x 9"
   
Photo of an AIDS Benefit Concert embroidered cloth "AIDS Benefit Concert Cape Town"
The concert, held March 19, 2005 in Fancourt, George, raised money for South Africa AIDS education and health care. The number "46664" refers to Nelson Mandela's prison number.
Phillipine Molope, Mapula Embroidery Project, Winterveldt, North West Province, South Africa.
2005. Cloth, embroidery thread.
MSUM 2005:34.3
36" x 16"
Photo of the Facts About AIDS text panel  
   
Photo of a Mapula Embroidery Project "Let's Work Together to Fight AIDS"
The Mapula Embroidery Project is one of many projects that have been initiated in South Africa to address some of the economic difficulties that black women suffered under apartheid. The Mapula project was begun in 1991 as an effort of Soroptomists International, under the leadership of Karin Skawran, a Soroptomist and head of the Department of Fine Arts and History of Art at the University of South Africa.
Johanna Sebaya, Mapula Embroidery Project, Winterveldt, North West Province, South Africa.
2005. Cloth, embroidery thread.
MSUM 2005:34.4
35" x 29"
   
Photo of a Manda embroiderd cloth "AIDS"
Manda is affiliated with the Mapula Embroidery Project, a collective of women engaged in an economic development project based at a Catholic mission located in a rural area. Women in the collective use their own drawings or those of others to embroidery scenes that reflect their own personal experiences as well as local and world subjects. This cloth depicts several scenes related to AIDS education and health services in South Africa.
Lucy Manda, Mapula Embroidery Project, Winterveldt, North West Province, South Africa.
c. 2001. Cloth, embroidery thread.
MSUM 2002:8.1
35 1/2" x 46"
   
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