Durban - The KZNSA is hosting two very successful exhibitions.

In the Main Gallery you'll find an exhibition about indigenous dolls, and on the Mezzanine, you can see Driftwood by South African artist Markus Wörsdörfer.

About the exhibition -"The Re-stitching Culture: Indigenous Dolls of South Africa, Australia and Canada", one can say that it reclaims traditional practice, explores health and well-being, and reveals intimate human stories through doll-making.

The exhibition brings together the three international examples of doll-making from three indigenous groups.

The artists of all three nations used doll-making to highlight cultural practices that support healing through storytelling.

The Siyazama doll-making project was co-ordinated by Professor Kate Wells, who described the beaded dolls as "dolls with a job".

To create awareness, the dolls related information about the Aids/HIV crisis to the community they lived in. Luckily the doll-makers have benefited economically.

The Re-Stitching Culture collection of dolls, collectively shows how the local indigenous communities, from each nation, are strengthened through reciprocal, creative and healing processes.

Communal craft and art making has traditionally been a visually powerful medium for expressing cultural identities and is an example of a communal visual art form that plays a role in supporting healthy indigenous communities.

On the Mezzanine is work by Durban artist Markus Wörsdörfer. The artist wrote a poem, which explains exactly what the exhibition is about and from which I’ll quote the first paragraph.

DRIFTART

Washed Ashore And Shaped By Nature

“What happens when a piece of clothing washes ashore?

When the sun, sand and wind and water, the ebb and flow,

stars to play with it.

Shaping it, moving it around, washing it, tearing it,

bleaching it.

When man meets nature,

When we keep our eyes open to even the smallest detail

And let our imagination have free rein.

Look from a distance, or go in close, we all might see

something different and our mind plays tricks on us.

The exhibitions close this Sunday at 1pm and are not to be missed.

The Mercury