HISTORY comes to light in an eight panel visual project by resident artist, Peter Engblom at the Phansi Musuem on Esther Roberts in Glenwood. Engblom created collages in the Roberts House cowshed adjoining the museum, which celebrates Heritage month with a special evening of live music and dinner on Thursday 13 September from 5pm to 7.30pm.
In memory of well-known Durban artist Terry-Anne Stevenson and all those who worked with her, the trustees of the museum embarked on a legacy project that will be of long lasting value. It follows the arts in KZN from about 200 years ago when records were first kept. A remarkable figure in the art world, Stevenson made a huge contribution to street art murals in Durban which include the three layers of Human Rights murals on the Durban Prison wall, the Bat Center murals, the grand and giving Umkubulwana at Berea station and the Market.
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The Museum’s Fran Saunders explained, “the plan is to tell this history around a number of nodes that we are familiar with. The influence of the missions, training of techniques and concepts of western art and religion in places like Ceza, Rourke’s Drift and Marian Hill, Ndaleni, the celebration of indigenous art during the Grossert years. Adams Mission. The importance of the African Art Centre, the Community Art Project and the BAT Center. From these we branch out and follow leads in all directions.”
“All is placed against a backdrop of the politics and social engineering at the time. The Incredible energy of Umkumbane, the improvised and often hidden squatter areas, the formal townships. The Glebelands and Black Spots. There is the parallel art of the countryside of toght, migrant labour, in the world of the hostels and compounds. Bantu education. All of it in a revolutionary, defiant and liberating search for identity and freedom,” she said.
The first eight panels are up and will be on view until 21 September. They are a work in progress and in themselves a work of art with all the liberties that this allows. The Phansi Museum invites all artists and commentators to pay a visit and help to make them meaningful, educational and inspirational.
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