Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Earth Work in April 2013 at the Smithsonian

Land Reform, an earth work by Strijdom van der Merwe will be 'revealedon Friday, 19 April 2013 at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in Washington. 

EDIT, 15 April 2013:

The finished work

Land Reform, at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. Independance Avenue, Washington DC. "Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa"
Artists: Strijdom van der Merwe

"With this work I'm showing the earth is pushed away (or an ideology, a culture or a land reform process is rolled back) and the original landscape that is hidden underneath the current surface is revealed. The red pins symbolize the stake of those claiming the land and to refer to the historical process of 'marking' the land. Every generation will claim what it believes belongs to them and in the process opens up layers of historical meaning." - Strijdom van der Merwe, www.strijdom.co.za

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