8 December 2015

From the artist Dumile Feni

Silence, 2012 Bronze Sculpture by the South African Artist Dumile Feni. The death in exile of one of Africa’s greatest contemporary artists was a blow to South African art. Dumile Feni, born 21 May 1942 left South Africa to go into exile in 1968, after the powerful statements made in his work resulted in harassment by the apartheid security forces. Feni contributed hugely not only to the African 20th century art world but also to the struggle against apartheid. His works show anguished figures, often contorted as if in immense pain. The figures are clearly African because according to the artist:

“My subjects are Africans because they are my people, but my message, the idea I am bringing to put across has nothing to do with racialism”.

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