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"Women Warriors: Photography of Dr. Adrienne Walker Hoard"
2000-07-06 until 2000-07-17
Unisa Art Gallery
ZA South Africa
UNISA Galleries presents the photography of Dr. Adrienne Walker Hoard from 6 July through 17 July. The power and majesty of the Ndebele people is expressed through the photography of Dr. Hoard, a visiting professor in the Department of Visual Arts and Art History, from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the USA. Dr. Hoard's study of the cultural transformation among the women artists of the Ndebele nation is brought to life through her images, which are the result of four years of travelling in the provinces of South Africa since democracy.
The photographs depict the women, men, children, the dwellings, initiation activities and their forms of adornment. Some images reflect areas in which modernization and westernization have had an influence on aesthetic as well as on social and political choices.
Dr. Hoard is uniquely sensitive to issues of colour and form transformation due to her multi-continent research on visual similarities in artistic abstraction with the African diaspora. Her photographs give voice to these pattern-makers, and insights to her concern for the impact of a whole world watching, while the Ndebele experience an expressive cultural evolution.
The title of the exhibition extends from the courage of these women as warriors to battle to stay visually and ritually Ndebele in the face of many western options to their lifestyles. Dr. Hoard's admiration for the dignity and beauty of the Ndebele people and their artwork is exposed to the viewer in each of the fourteen colour and black & white photographs. The works presented are part of a larger exhibition by the same title, which will travel for two years in the USA to galleries at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Hoard will be giving a talk on Wednesday 12 July 2000, at 18h30
The photographs can be viewed from 17h30