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Dorothy Nyembe

A work made of offset lithograph in black and green on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of offset lithograph in black and green on white wove paper.

Date:

1984

Artist:

Thamsanqa (Thami) Mnyele
South African, 1948-1985

About this artwork

Dorothy Nyembe was an anti-apartheid activist who spent much of her adult life imprisoned and, even when free, was subject to government banning orders that restricted where she could travel and with whom she could associate. The text above and below her portrait describes Nyembe as a “symbol of resistance” and reminds viewers of the 15 years she spent behind bars for supporting the African National Congress’s military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation).

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Thamsanqa (Thami) Mnyele

Title

Dorothy Nyembe

Place

South Africa (Artist's nationality:)

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1984

Medium

Offset lithograph in black and green on white wove paper

Dimensions

35 × 25 cm (13 13/16 × 9 7/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Artworkers Retirement Society

Reference Number

2018.440

Extended information about this artwork

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