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Home and Away: A return to the South and Coming Home

The Ifa Lethu Foundation has been instrumental in repatriating South African art produced during the apartheid years that ended up overseas due to the fact that there was no local market for the work of black South African artists at the time.

The exhibition Home and Away: A Return to the South explores this previously lost artistic heritage. Curated by Carol Brown, the show examines the similarities and differences between works produced by South African artists experiencing the oppression of apartheid and artists from beyond our shores who created works in support of the struggle. Although produced from different perspectives, the two collections are united in their focus on human rights.

The Ifa Lethu works are being shown for the first time in a major exhibition, together with a selection of works from the Art Against Apartheid exhibition housed at the Mayibuye Centre at the University of the Western Cape. The showing of these works, previously exhibited in Parliament, coincides with the university’s 50th anniversary. Some of the artists featured include Joe Tilson, Ernest Pignon-Ernest, Robert Rauschenberg, Fikile Magadlela, Dumile Feni and Winston Saoli.

The exhibition was first shown at Constitution Hill in 2010 from where it was invited to the Australian National University. Art Gallery.

Click below to read a review in Art in America

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