We have received, via Prof Franco Frescura, details of a fascinating art project taking place at Mpophomeni but must point out we are solely the messenger and have no further details. For these use the link at the end of the message please.

Marian Heyerdahl, Norwegian artist but Italian by adoption, daughter of famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl (the man of the Kon Tiki), has informed us of an interesting initiative promoted together with her husband Ole Lislerud, also an artist and Professor Emeritus of the Academy of Oslo. Though the Istituto Italiano di Cultura is not directly involved in the initiative, nor is the Embassy of Italy, it seems to us a particularly interesting occasion and we would like to share this information with you.

Ole Lislerud, born in South Africa in Kwa-Zulu Natal from Norwegian missionaries, has organized a painting and sculpture workshop from 30.06 to 14.07.2018 in the village of Mpophomeni in Kwa-Zulu Natal where there are 30.000 inhabitants of which 80% have Aids and 90% are unemployed. The aim of the workshop is to give the community an alternative way to process their traumas through art and at the same time give young people a chance to sell their artworks to tourists.

A final exhibition celebrates Mandela’s centenary with The Mandela Wall, an installation of 100 paintings, all individual portraits of Mandela interpreted artistically by the students.

Attached you can find information on the project.

For further information, please contact directly the organizers at heyerdahl@libero.it0

-Mandela Community Art Project Flyer        Click this link for flyer


Mandela Community Art Project – Mpomphomeni – By Marian Heyerdahl and Ole Lislerud