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SOUL OF AFRICA (article first published : 2003-09-17)

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is hosting an art exhibition until September 19 at its premises in Midrand, Gauteng.

Titled Soul Of Africa: Art as a Cornerstone for Development it comprises an interesting selection of works in different media from black artists from regions in which the DBSA has specific investments. The initiative attempts to explore the stance of contemporary African art and to showcase the talent of their black artists.

Approximately 132 artists contributed an estimated 191 artworks. Each region is represented by one artist at the exhibition.

The KZN representative is Elliza Xaba who lives in the rural areas of Dundee. Born on June 27 1944 at Amoibe Mission and schooled there up to Standard 6 (Grade 7), she is married and has five children.

In 1994 she was employed at the E.L.C Art & Craft Centre as a weaver where she worked on geometrical woven rugs, later going on to weave tapestries. In 1998 she won a 1st Prize Woolcraft Craft Design Award. Her work has been exhibited in Sweden and in major centres such as Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The initial selection of artworks for this exhibition was done in consultation and collaboration with the respective artists themselves, relevant art and craft stakeholders and the representatives from the Bank. Expertise and sound craftsmanship, originality and creative initiative, conceptual communication and realization, honesty and strong identity, original appropriation of contemporary media and technology as well as environmental consciousness formed the guidelines for the selection criteria.

More information from Manda Bester at 011 313 3320/3922 or e-mail: mandab@dbsa.org




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