South Africa: the art of a nation

British Museum
27 Oct 2016 - 26 Feb 2017

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In 1991, to mark the end of apartheid, BMW invited Esther Mahlangu to make a work of art in their Art Car project. Her work, with its brightly coloured geometric shapes, draws on the traditional house-painting designs of Ndebele people in South Africa.

Under apartheid the Ndebele were forced to live in ethnically defined rural reserves – their designs are an expression of cultural identity, and can be read as a form of protest against racial segregation and marginalisation.

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