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FIONA SIMMONS EXHBITION (article first published : 2007-04-11)

Sangoma Style : Traditions, Aesthetics and Personality is the title of an exhibition of photographs by Fiona Simmons to be presented at the African Art Gallery.

This show comprises a selection of photographs taken over a period of three years, from 2005 through 2007, forming part of a postgraduate study of the visual language of Swazi/Shangaan traditional healers from Eastern Mpumalanga.

The intention of this exhibition is to show images portraying the beauty of this tradition, of the people chosen to follow its path, of their sense of aesthetics, the choices that they make, and how this influences the way in which they present themselves, their garments and accoutrement.

The method of dressing by initiates during learnership, reiterates their allegiance with the spirit world and the healing tradition. Clothing also has a mimetic quality, signifying their aspirations and form a mobile advertisement to the general public of the wearer's status and future occupation.

Sangoma Style : Traditions, Aesthetics and Personality will be opened by Fiona Simmons on April 18. The artist will also give a lecture the following day at 12h00 on April 19 on her research amongst traditional healers in Eastern Mpumalanga. The exhibition closes on April 28.




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