Anti-Apartheid Portraits

Anti-Apartheid Portraits

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by Phina Nkosi
Soweto, South Africa
2004
Type: Poster
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
The quilt incorporates portraits of black South African women who the artist felt were instrumental in the struggle for freedom in South Africa. Depicted, left to right and with artist's original spelling in parantheses, are: (row one) Winnie Mandela, Albertina Sisulu, Adelaide Tambo (Addelatte Thamo), Lindiwe [no last name give, but likely Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu], Thandi Modise; (row two) Nokukhauya Huthuli, Lillian Masediba Ngoyi (Lillian Mosediba Ngoyi), Princess Constance Magogo (Princess Contance Magogo), Dudu Masondo, Stella Sigcau (Stell Sigcawu); (row three) Dipuwo Hanni, Florence Mkhize (Florance Mkmize) Charlotte Maxeke, Dr. Ellen Khuzwayo, Princess Irene (Princess Irene); and (row four) Marry [sic] Nontolwane, Lillian Ntshang, Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, Rose Givamanda, and Kate [no last name given, but likely Kate Molale]. Phina Nkosi is affiliated with the Zamani Quilting Sisters, a group of women in Soweto, South Africa who, facing the double exploitation of racism and sexism, formed a self-help organization and women's resource center in 1987. The cotton quilt is 77.5 x 83 inches. Photograph by Pearl Yee Wong. The quilt is part of the Michigan State University Museum's South African Traditional Arts collection. (See: http://www.museum.msu.edu/s%2Dprogram/mtap/Collections/sata.html.)
Used by permission of Michigan State University Museum. All rights reserved.
Collection: Great Lakes Quilt Center, Michigan State University Museum