Other works (1980s & 1990s)

The South African People

The South African People

"The South African People Shall Rise"; Tyvek, acrylic paint, black gesso; 15'l, 36"h; 1989

The South African People: detail

The South African People: detail

Tyvek, acrylic paint, black gesso; 15'l, 36"h; 1989

Disappeared

Disappeared

Tyvek, acrylic paint; Fleckstone; 9'l x 10'h x 3"d; 1990

Disappeared: detail

Disappeared: detail

Tyvek, acrylic paint; Fleckstone; 9'l x 10'h x 3"d; 1990

Disappeared: detail

Disappeared: detail

Tyvek, acrylic paint; Fleckstone; 9'l x 10'h x 3"d; 1990

There were many activist artist groups in New York City during the 1980s and 1990s. I worked with Art Against Apartheid, Artists' Call Against US Intervention in Central America, Artists for Nuclear Disarmament and Political Art Documentation/Distribution.

 

In the South African People Shall Risetwo body prints based on the image of the Shroud of Turin were combined with two texts: in copper paint, selections from the South African Freedom Charter; in red paint, a variation on an ancient religious maxim (Tertullian).

 

The figure in Disappeared is based upon a statue of the martyr St. Cecilia (the patron saint of music who was silenced by beheading) in the Catacombs of St. Calixtus near Rome. The texts relate three stories taken from newspaper accounts about the deaths of individual women—in San Salvador, Montreal and Lyon (France). Disappeared observes the essential invisibility of women in three cultural settings and under three very different circumstances.

All artwork on this site © Virginia Maksymowicz.

Most photographs are by Blaise Tobia or Virginia Maksymowicz

other photos are credited.

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The South African People

"The South African People Shall Rise"; Tyvek, acrylic paint, black gesso; 15'l, 36"h; 1989