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The !Xun & Khwe Art Project

The !Xun & Khwe Art Project

Contemporary Art by the San People from South Africa. Collection Hella Rabbethge-Schiller

Edited by Hella Rabbethge-Schiller


Publishing 29th May 2024
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  • Unique art project established in 1993 in a refugee camp in South Africa
  • The only existing collection of the art of the !Xun and Khwe
  • Oral history captured in colorful paintings and expressive lino cuts
Full Description

The !Xun & Khwe Art Project was developed in 1993 in a refugee camp in Schmidtsdrift, South Africa. After being party to the struggles for liberation from colonial rule, endangered groups of San people from Namibia and Angola were relocated there. They eventually found their final home in the self-governing South African community of Platfontein. The art of the !Xun and Khwe came about during the short period of transition from a traditional way of life to a modern, globalized society. This is what makes them unique. The collection of Hella Rabbethge-Schiller reveals the remarkable creativity and visual expressiveness of the artists. Despite otherwise depending on oral transmission, the San have captured their stories for posterity here in images charged with energy.

Text in English and German.

Publish date
29th May 2024
USA & Canada
8.46 in x 11.61 in
216 Pages
286 color
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