Second to None: Celebrating 50 Years of Women's Struggles
Some 20 000 women made their way to the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 9 August 1956, protesting the government’s pass laws. 2006 marks the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the event. In commemoration of this event, ‘Second to None’ asserts women’s power to action and explores the ongoing struggle for personal freedom in the public domain.
For this exhibition, contemporary art is drawn from both the Iziko South African National Gallery holdings and from independent sources. The works chart ways to negotiate issues linked to individual and collective identity, race and gender. The exhibition includes established artists such as Helen Sebidi, Penny Siopis, Noria Mabasa, Tracey Rose and Berni Searle. It also presents a new generation of artists such as Keorapatse Mosimane, Bridget Baker, Zanele Muholi and Lolo Veleko.
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