The development of the Voices of Women Educational Resource sought interested and committed young people to write and design this resource. The project commenced with a workshop facilitated by mentor, Andre Croucamp and director of the museum, Coral Bijoux. This two-day workshop saw the participants becoming acquainted with the Voices of Women Museum concept and content. They considered their own perceptions, biases and ideas with respect to women; discussed these as well as examples from the Voices of Women Collection and began working on ideas for the resource they would develop. While the Voices of Women museum would not be in a position to offer them employment, this could become another way for them to develop an income stream as well as their own ideas in resource development.
1 August 2013 | Educational Resource
Conversations We Do Not Have
4 September 2012 | Reviews
The Playhouse Company hosted its annual Women’s Arts Festival from 3 to 14 August this year. This annual festival celebrates women of South Africa through the arts. This year’s programme featured, for the first time, an exhibition of art works called ‘Conversations We Do Not Have’. The Amazwi Abasifazane – Voices of Women Museum presented this exhibition in partnership with the Playhouse Company in Durban. This exhibition featured a number of memory cloths by the women of Amazwi Abesifazane as well as a few art works by established contemporary artists including Mazisi Kunene, Andries Botha, Debra Bells and others.
In an interview, curator of the exhibition Coral Bijoux who is director of the Amazwi Abesifazane – Voices of Women Museum said about the exhibition and the museum: “Amazwi Abesifazane – Voices of Women is a decade-long project that began as the brainchild of Andries Botha who, after attending the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) hearings in South Africa, developed a creative methodology as a means for women’s memory to be recounted and held in trust as part of the memory archive of South Africa for future posterity”.
“Ngiyalizwa Izwi Lomntanami” (I could hear the voice of my child)
1 January 2012 | Florence Mdlolo | Books
Florence Mdlolo participated in the Amazwi Abesifazane Memory Cloth project and fulfilled her dream of writing a book about her life. This book is illustrated by embroideries made by Florence where she embodies her captivating text highlighting the political tensions between the ANC and IFP and how it impacted on her and her communities lives. She did this with needle and thread, colour and creativity. Shortly after her marriage to Eric Mthembu and the completion of her creative work, she died prematurely from an asthma attack as she was unable to attain timeous medical assistance. At the time, she resided in Ndwedwe, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Archives of Apartheid
1 January 2009 | Dr Carol Becker | Books
Dr Carol Becker is Professor and Dean of the School of the Arts at Columbia University and patron of Voices of Women
This excerpt is from her chapter, Archives of Apartheid, in Thinking in Place, Art Action and Cultural Production, Paradigm Publishers, 2009
Dedicated to the memory of Florence N. Mdlolo, who died tragically as I was writing this essay. All the women involved in the project have benefited enormously from such reflection on their lives. But for one woman in particular, the project provided a way in which to tell not just a bit of her story, but her entire story. Florence N. Mdlolo wrote her memoir and then illustrated each episode (forty in all) with its own memory cloth. The Truth and Reconciliation’s greatest contribution was to give back to South Africa its heart.