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HUMANIST ART (article first published : 2006-06-17)

The Durban Art Gallery is hosting a celebration of humanity in the midst of complex issues in Humanist Art, Symbolic Sites.

This exhibition of prints and photographs from the archive of Humanist Art in Melbourne, Australia, includes works by artists from all over the world and has been showcased in Guernica, Spain Portadown and West Belfast, Northern Ireland, and comes from Kent State Museum, USA to the Durban Art Gallery.

“The artists who created these 29 questioning, challenging and moving images of humanist art all took a principled stand,” says Jean Druesedow from the Kent State Museum. “Some have been imprisoned for their beliefs; others have been or remain in exile. their works speak of love, tragedy, reconciliation, environment, community, hope and peace in a diverse world.

“They speak of values that must be discussed and reconfirmed by each generation. Symbolic Sites features images of places where rebellion, unjust war, violation of human rights or political oppressions was experienced first-hand and led to greater under-standing. The images of these sites live in the collective memory of their own and other cultures.”

Humanist Art, Symbolic Sites runs at the Durban Art Gallery until July 2.




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