Kicking off its 2016 exhibition programme, the African Art Centre recently released a call inviting local KZN artists to be part of a Human Rights exhibition themed 20 Years Later: A Fresh Look at the Bill of Rights. This group exhibition, curated by Carol Brown, was opened last Thursday by Justice Albie Sachs.
Twenty years ago South Africa was full of hope looking towards a new future. The Bill of Rights, which was the cornerstone of the Constitution of SA, was widely celebrated as being one of the most progressive in the world. Justice Albie Sachs (one of the architects of the Constitution) launched the Images of Human Rights Print Portfolio at the Durban Gallery in 1996. A proud moment. Where are we now? Much has improved while much remains a work in progress.
This exhibition aims to celebrate the achievements of our recent history and explore some of the complexity and contradictions that make South Africa such an exciting and challenging country in which to live. A group of artists, who attended a workshop on the Bill of Rights, are showing new works highlighting how artists envision the present which is built on the past.
This exhibition of prints, drawings, paintings and photographs, created by well known artists and unknown young talent will run until the 2nd April at the African Art Centre, 94 Florida Rd, Durban. Visit http://afriart.org.za for more details.