The JOURNEY TO FREEDOM narratives:  DVD, publication and international showcase 2005-2008

  • The animations and embroidered panels were exhibited in Johannesburg  at The National FNB Craft Now 2004 Awards exhibition at which it won the GOLD award.

  • A documentary DVD was made setting out the making of the project and capturing the images: Gwen Miller: project director and Greg Miller: producer, Gcina Mhlope: voice artist of the documentary and Kai Lossgott script writer.  

  • The publication The Journey to Freedom narratives, edited by Muff Andersson, was launched by the UNISA Press in August 2007. The first half of the publication captures extracts of the conference which coincided with the project and the second half contains the unfolding performances and multimedia project.  

 

The project formed part of a travelling exhibition Weavings of War Fabrics of Memory,   curated by Arial Zeitlin Cooke and Marcha MacDowell, of Michigan State University Museum   and the Vermont Folklife Centre, USA ( Jan 2005-Dec 2008).

The animations are included in an International Film Festival: Journey to Freedom Narratives is one of six films  selected by Vermont Folklife Centre and Women’s and Gender studies Programme,  at Middlebury College, USA (March – April 2005).

 

The project's itinerary in the USA: 

  •  Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury, Vermont, 2005

  •  Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania, 2005

  •  Design Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 2005

  •  Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, Michigan, 2006

  •  Hostos Center for Arts and Culture, Bronx, New York, 2006

  •  Institute for Community Research, Hartford, Connecticut, 2006·

  •   University Galleries, School of the Arts, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters,

  •   Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida, 2007

  •   Michigan State University Museum, Michigan, USA, 2008 

Extracts of the animations has been publicly shown at the University of Bahia, Salvador, Brazil (Sept 2004); Honolulu, Hawaii (Jan 2005); in Brighton, UK (Feb 2006), at TRANS CAPE Art festival through  ‘Altfilm’ at X-CAPE , supported by The CAPE Africa Platform, Cape Town (April 2007) and at the University of Javäskylä, Finland (April 2008) . The animation Bawo Thixo Somandla is screened at the 6th flEXiff (first and last Experimental film festival), 2002 – 2022, Sydney, Australia. (Nov  2008). 

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