Emandulo Re-Creation

Artist Proof Studio: Johannesburg, South Africa; Dobbin Books: NY
Edition of 30: 1997
17.25″ x 12.5″ x 1.5″

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The Making of Emandulo
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The Making of Emandulo
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Emandulo was designed to challenge boundaries between peoples: nineteen South African artists with a range of artistic styles and demographic standing were invited to participate as well as Atta Kwami from Ghana, Böröcz and Silverberg. In addition, Artist Proof studio artists functioned as the production printers under the tutelage of an invited master printer.

The intention was to create a version of a printer’s exquisite corpse: where body parts are produced by the participants and can be re-arranged to form different configurations. The theme chosen was the creation myth (Emandulo means in Zulu “in the beginning”) as it seemed that a country with so many peoples would have a fascinating range of creation mythology. How life began and the mythologies adhered to about the human life cycle are essential components to understanding the role of women in a society.

Ten copies comprise the deluxe portion of the edition with printed case and Dobbin Mill papers Emandulo Re-Creation is a collaborative artist book made in Johannesburg, South Africa. Robbin Ami Silverberg designed and organized this project at Artist Proof Studio, a printmaking facility set up for Black community artists.

Participants: Pep Abela, Deborah Bell, Kim Berman, András Böröcz, Keith Dietrich, Gordon Gabashane, Carol Hofmeyr, Basil Jones, William Kentridge, David Koloane, Atta Kwami, Frank Ledimo, Simon Mthimkhulu, Sam Nthlengethwa, John Roome, Ruth Sack, Mmakgabo Sebedi, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Simon Stone, Grace Tshikhuve, Diane Victor, and Nhlanhla Xaba.