A look at the histories that shape South Africa, through the way in which considerations of materials and traditional functions of jewellery interact with conceptual thesis, with the telling of stories along with the perceptible possibilities of adornment. My concept revolves around recognizing the complexities underlying the often simplistic interpretations of history that we receive as undisputed fact. By utilizing the divergent aesthetics of both the Dutch and the Khoekhoen cultures, I aim to demonstrate both sides of the story. Our country is one with many lines of history that converge on several occasions with tragic consequences. Many of these lines of histories have remained untold. Is a multidimensional and multicultural telling of history possible? Can these histories be collectively uncovered to discover the true heritage of the people who now occupy its borders?

December 07, 2011 by Carla Kruger