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Human Rights

 

Siyazama: Traditional Arts, Education, and AIDS in South Africa

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Photo of the doll making text panel  
   
Photo of a fertility Doll Photo of a fertility Doll Fertility dolls
These figures were made as part of a self-help project of a women's group based northeast of Pretoria.
Unidentified artist (Pedi), KwaNdebele, South Africa.
1998. Cloth, beads, string, wood.
MSUM 1999:30.8
3" x 3 1/2" x 9 3/4"
MSUM 1999:30.9
3 1/2" x 3"` x 10"
   
Photo of a doll Doll
This female doll figure holds a beaded fertility doll.
Unidentified artist, Probably Msinga region, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
c.1999. Cloth, beads, cardboard, yarn, wood.
MSUM 1999:30.6
8 1/2" x 5" x 18"
 
   
Photo of the Artist profile Lobilile Ximba  text panel  
   
Photo of a Young Bride doll "Young Bride"
Ximba says of this piece, "The problem that she is facing is that someone in her new family now has AIDS, so she is worried whether she has married into the wrong family. True story."
Lobolile Ximba (Zulu), Muden, Msinga region, KwaZulul Natal, South Africa.
Doll. 1998-1999. Beads, fabric.
MSUM 2000:6.5
6 1/4" x 8 1/4" x 11"
   
Photo of a angel doll Angel doll
"The work that I do is mostly concentrated on the youth-that's why I make small dolls, so that the youth become aware of HIV/AIDS."
Sibongile Ximba (Zulu), Msinga region, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
2003. Beads, thread, cloth.
MSUM 2003:46.47
3" x 1 1/2" x 3 1/4"
   
Photo of a Man on a Cross doll "Man on a Cross"
Of this piece, Ximba saya, "The man on the cross has AIDS but is saying he has no signs yet. Although, a woman knows that he has AIDS because he has slept with her and she has AIDS. The man is lying - her only hope now is to pray to Jesus. True story."
Lobolile Ximba (Zulu), Msinga region, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
1998-1999. Beads, fabric.
MSUM 2000:6.4
16 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 17 1/4"
   
Photo of AIDs Orphans dolls "AIDS Orphans"
Bongangani, one of Lobolile's daughters says of this piece: "I made these orphans, their parents died of AIDS." In South Africa there is a high possibility that the children orphaned because of the AIDS-related deaths of their parents might also be HIV positive.
Bonangani Ximba (Zulu), Durban, South Africa, Zulu.
Doll tableau. 2003. Cloth, beads.
MSUM 2003:46.10
15 1/2" x 4 1/4" x 10"
   
Photo of an Angel doll "Angel"
"The angel is our only hope to save us from this terrible disease, AIDS."
Bonangani Ximba (Zulu), Muden, Msinga region, KwaZulu Natal South Africa.
Doll. 2003. Cloth, beads.
MSUM 2003:46.21
6 1/2" x 5" x 16 1/2"
   
Photo of a Young Bride doll "Young Married Woman with Baby Doll"
The artist describes this scene: "The woman is HIV positive but the child is negative. The mother is worried that when she dies, who will look after her child? True story."
Lobille Ximba (Zulu), Msinga region, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
1998-1999. Beads, fabric.
MSUM 2000:6.7
6 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 20"
   
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