Pushing on the iBeadwork, a string of identity shifts

Business Times Live | Sue Blaine:


Getting a bead on identity is tough. “People are constantly changing their identity; they want modernity, fashion, something new,” says Anitra Nettleton, curator of the Wits Art Museum’s new exhibition, Beadwork, Art and the Body: Dilo Tše Dintši/Abundance, running from July 29 to October 11.


Mpondo/Gcaleka (Matsuseng village Eastern Cape) Bead panel on pin, Isipeliti, blanket pin beads. Artist unrecorded. Acquired in 1998. Standard Bank African Art Collection (Wits Art Museum). Picture: Supplied

The exhibition casts a beady eye, mostly, on how black South Africans adorned their bodies with small glass ornaments…


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