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The Artists

Artists from South Africa:

Artists from Europe:


Statements of the African artists

Enoch Ngwenya, Mpulanga Province

born 1966:

"I made the lines of communication from the ground to the top to show that the communication must start from the ground up to the high level of communicating. I put my silver wire to make my frame strong in the inside and then started to put on the telephone wire. I appreciate the support which is given to our art, here, and I'm curious about how the Europeans like it."

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Alfred Fana Radebe, Gauteng

born 1976:

"The interpretation of the figures in my frame is to bring all the women in the world together through communication as they were during 1956 marching at Union buildings in Pretoria.
In my decoration I used the chicken wire technique which looks like a fence around the women. One being an African lady communicating to her German friend."

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Zola Hector Sentini, Western Province

born 1965:

"I really appreciate that I have the freedom to create whatever I like. In South Africa, I have to do small art work, but I love producing big things, and that is what I do here. I mix nature (animals) and meaningful men made things (like a television tower)."

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Mandla Sibiloane, KwaZulu Natal

born 1980:

"Not only the contact with the Europeans but also with the African artists is very enriching. I like to see the way the other artists work. The telephone wire is a good material for that purpose, because it is easy to use. When I was a young boy was making wire cars like the people from Simbabwe. Working in a museum made me very much happy."

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Ceiphas Niyko Maswanganyi, Nothern Province

born 1981:

"I enjoyed seeing the work of the other artists and exchanging ideas and techniques. I enjoyed visiting the "Pinakothek der Moderne" where I got to know the work of contemporary Western artists. I was inspired by what I saw there. I would have liked to see the factories where the famous Western cars are designed, because this is my special interest."

Happiness Sdudla, KwaZulu Natal

born 1973:

I am a Zulu widow and a bead work artist. It was interesting to use telephone wire for the first time - and to exchange different cultures with Germans. I really enjoyed the way I was treated and the way the programme was completed."

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Riaan Booysen, Dos Kaap

born 1977:

"I'm happy to be here. It's a wonderful project.
Op denstag het ek an dream gehad date k die groates ombenke gemaak het. Die droom was so claar ek het bestyt ek gaan dit probeer maak."

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