Celebrating our roots
September 23, 2022
Above: A beautiful collaborative work by Lalela students from Masiphumelele
Lalela learners across our programmes celebrated Heritage Month in South Africa by paying homage to their roots – and the results of their artistic endeavours are as thoughtful and inspiring as they are beautifully executed!
Our ‘My Roots’ curriculum invited Lalela’s young artists to consider their heritage – the connection to their family history to be found in their values, customs, rituals, language, dress, culture and environment. In this project, the artists explored, conceptualised and visualised their heritage using words and symbolism.
Take a look at some of the wonderful work produced by Lalela’s young artists…
Above: Artists from our after-school programme at Zeitz MOCAA
While exploring the complexity of heritage, history and legacy as part of this project, the artists also learned how to convert a concept or idea into symbols or words.
In line with Lalela’s Theory of Change goals, outcomes of the project included heightened creativity, curiosity and imaginative thinking, improved self-image, and better understanding of their peers and community.
Above: Artists from our Masiphumelele programme
Some of our artist groups took the concept further to create public art pieces.
For this project, the artists reinterpreted the words and symbols they created in their personal projects and brought them together to make a collaborative public art installation that reflects their understanding of heritage.
Above: A beautiful large scale work by our Masiphumelele artists
Through the process they gained an understanding of their own space in the world while learning about those who they may see as different to themselves. In doing so, they learned to be more empathetic, open and welcoming to others.
We’re so proud of our talented artists and their deeply thoughtful work!
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