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The "O" foreman

16 July 2021

n assessing history one cannot help but find certain objects that are believed to have special powers to influence the day to day living and associations to life for the individual. In multiple cultures throughout history to the present day we find such objects that are cherished, these items are known as totems. Totems are associated with spirits, religion and the community’s success, hence we see them being passed down from generation to generation.
The “ O “ foreman painting series is a serious of figurative depictions, inspired by the concept of using totems to demonstrate the close relationship humans have with nature and holding on to ideas/ideals. The O foreman painting series servers as a form of protection and a way to decent the idea and ideals behind totems in an art form. In multiple cases we have seen artworks pushed down through generations to a point where they are held to have special characteristics that can rather bring good luck or be dreadful in some special cases to the holder of the artwork, such is the case with totems; they can bring good luck or bring misfortune to the holder.
This collection of works serves as a symbolic representation of the history of individual clans and items that have been used throughout history within this clans to develop a way of living for a great many cultures, this type of interrelationships can still be seen when we assess the idea of inter marriage, l looking at the idea of gift giving also the industrial material compared to the “representative clan”.

Participating: Sello Letswalo


Address: 198 Long Street, Waterkloof
Tel: (012) 460 5497 || Cell: 082 923 2551


Mirrors and Washboards

Participating: Zakes Mda

Opening: Saturday 16 October 2021 at 11:00 - 14:00 - 27 November 2021

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