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Hope in our hands

Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi is one of South Africa’s best-known artists, renowned for her tightly packed compositions of symbolic figures. In this etching, hands punctuate and connect the people compressed and fused with animal forms, indicating our shared humanity. They are ‘carrying’ one another in hope, following the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) as President.

Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi (b. 1943)
Carrying it for hope
1996
Etching on paper, 64.5 x 49.5 cm
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge 
2013.249

© Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi

Section: Seven

Hope in our hands
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