THE !XUN & KHWE ART PROJECT – Book Presentation

Book presentation: April 20–May 12, 2024

The !Xun & Khwe Art Project was created in 1993 in a refugee camp in Schmidtsdrift, South Africa. After participating in the struggle for liberation from colonial rule, endangered members of the San people from Namibia and Angola were resettled there. Eventually they found their final home in a self-governing community in Platfontein, South Africa. 

There, the art of the !Xun and Khwe emerged in a short period of change from a traditional way of life to a modern, globalized society. This is what makes them so unique.

We are delighted to be able to include the publication on Hella Rabbethge-Schiller’s collection in our programme. It documents the extraordinary creative power and visual expressiveness of San art in energetic images! The book will now be presented in the KWS Art Lounge, accompanied by a cabinet exhibition.

 Hella Rabbethge-Schiller (Hrsg.) THE !XUN & KHWE ART PROJECT Contemporary Art San South Africa Collection Zeitgenössische Kunst San Südafrika Sammlung Hella Rabbethge-Schiller

Fig. Flai Shipipa, Ngongo, Elephant and Hippo (Detail), 2005, 90 x 60 cm, oil on canvas; photo: Sascha Voges



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