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EGAZINI (article first published : 2001-07-8)

Egazini, The Battle Of Grahamstown- recasting history through printmaking is an exhibition due to open at the NSA Galleries on July 10 to run until July 28.

The Battle of Grahamstown in 1819 is often referred to as a critical turning point in South Africa's history. On April 22 that year, Makana, a Xhosa prophet under Chief Ndlambe, led an attack on the British garrison in Grahamstown, resulting in heavy losses for the amaXhosa. Within a few months of this battle, a combined force of Dutch colonists and British military expelled all the amaXhosa beyond the Keiskamma River.

Rather than see his people decimated any further; Makana surrendered himself to Landdrost Andries Stockenstrom. The British sent Makana to Robben Island as a prisoner, where he drowned while attempting to escape on Christmas Day 1819.

Focusing on heritage and legacy, and working with the Fine Line Press and the Underpressure Agency, in collaboration with members of the History Department of Rhodes University, a selection of visual artists has produced a diverse collection of graphic works for this show. Participants were drawn from a wide arena including academic institutions, community centres, schools, research and archival deposits, museums, government departments, private enterprise, professional artists organisations and a women's craft group.

Artists include Giselle Baillie, Violet Booi, Gabriel Clark-Brown, Christine Dixie, Roxandra Dardagan, Hilary Graham, Jacobus Kloppers, Vusi Khumalo, Nigel Mullins, Rosie Ngxingo, Dominic Thorburn and Zola Toyi.




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