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Xenophobia Memory Cloth

Xenophobia Memory Cloth
Sheila Mabaso
Newcastle, KWAZulu-Natal, South Africa
13 3/4" x 16 3/4"
MSU Museum Accession 2010:123.2
Photo by Pearl Yee Wong, all rights reserved by MSU Museum

Sheila Mabaso is a member of the Isiphethu (a Zulu word meaning “Fountain”) group. The Isiphethu began in l999 when a group of women from Madadeni and Osizweni came together to embroider appliqué images for a Woman’s Day project organized by the Carnegie Art Gallery, Newcastle. This project inspired the women to continue creating and a workshop program was launched in 2000. The group continues to work under the umbrella of the gallery and is encouraged to attend mentorship programs where business development and quality control are discussed. They have exhibited nationally and internationally and won many awards.

Sheila Mabaso says of this piece:
Xenophobia is still taking place in some townships. If you are not original from that place or that country, they treat you like a total stranger and they abuse your right of living freely as a human being. Foreigners are doing all the can to survive, they work for very little money, make hand craft to sell, open their small shops. Then the local people get jealous and then they beat them stole in their shops and killed them sometimes. That real unfair.

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