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FOKOFO – NATIVES ON DISPLAY (article first published : 2001-04-6)

Fokofo - Natives on Display is the title of a provocative exhibition hosted by the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg from April 19 to May 20.

The exhibition developed from research by Dasartist Michael Matthews and anthropologist Dieter Reusch, who have been investigating the material culture of the Mabaso people living in the Msinga district of central KZN. Reusch’s main focus, through photographs and artefacts, is on the Umemulo (coming of age) ceremony for young girls which lasts 12 days. Matthews uses a combination of woodcuts and computer technology to celebrate this community and its symbols.

The exhibition aims to question the viewer’s perceptions and the interpreter’s authority. The three parts of the exhibition are set up as an ethnographic display, a traditional art display and a contemporary installation area. Artefacts from the Msinga community will be available for purchase.

As part of the exhibition, from April 20 to 22, members of the Ntungwa household from Msinga will run demonstrations on traditional pot making and bead threading techniques.




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