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Winston Thekiso



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Title: Amandla
Medium: Single colour lithograph
Paper size: Size: 57.5 x 35. 8 cm
Edition size: 10

"The work presents a play between two ideas. One about Nelson Mandela seen through the eyes of the World as a Messiah that played a pivotal role as the hero who helped bring about an end to racial oppression in South Africa. The work does not intend to draw attention to a political figure but to demonstrate that no one is ever alone. We may die but our spirits will remain alive in the memories of those whose lives we have touched. And those who only got to marvel in our footsteps, long after we are gone!

The second idea is about the imagery itself. Table mountain...Robben Island...synonymous with being cursed land in the Apartheid era. The prison was meant to beat the spirit out of a martyr's heartbeat. It’s about a flower that rose from a cold flat stone. To be a beacon in its corner. The piece carries a message of a persistent will to thrive in the face of adversity. Through it all, life is worth living." Winston Thekiso

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