No Zebra Crossing
An exhibition of paintings by Anna Moore
James Barry Exhibition Centre,
Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown Campus, Cork
Exhibition runs from Wednesday 17th February to 3rd March 2016
“No Zebra Crossing” is an exhibition by Co Waterford artist, Anna Moore. The large scale acrylic paintings are an emotional response to over three years the artist spent working with the San of Namibia, (previously known as ‘Bush men’). CIT Arts Office is proud to support the exhibition, and to present it at the James Barry Exhibition Centre.
The deep respect that the San have for the land taught Anna to experience the Kalahari desert on many different levels. The large paintings reflect the colour and vastness of the Namibian desert landscape. One painting is twelve feet long, another stretches to twenty four feet. They are also a response to the effects of colonisation, exploitation and overgrazing of the land. This highlights the further marginalisation the San people. Yet in spite of almost complete destruction of their traditional hunter-gatherer lifestyle, the San people have never lost their love and respect for the land and their culture. This has inspired her work.
“Often when travelling to communities in the Kalahari, San people would tell me how they remembered animals such as giraffe, lion, kudu, elephant and zebra being plentiful. None of these species are to be seen in the Omaheke region of the Kalahari now. Antelope are scarce, and it is now illegal to hunt them.
The San’s traditional way of living has been decimated. With the erosion of the flora and fauna of the Kalahari, the San are suffering hunger, poverty and discrimination. They have a low life expectancy. Since my return many people I knew have died young and this includes children.
The San of Namibia and Southern Africa are working hard to regain their rights to their traditional lands and therefore save both themselves and the land from further destruction.”
Thirty percent of the proceeds from this exhibition will go to the Omaheke San Trust in the Kalahari in Namibia.
The exhibition will be officially opened by Dr. Kathleen R. Glavanis on Wednesday 17th February, at 7pm.
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Images from the Opening Reception.
The artist, Anna Moore, invited sociologist anthropologist Dr. Kathy Glavanis-Grantham to officially open the exhibition. Kathy spoke about the broader context of community development initiatives like the organisation Anna worked with in Namibia, and of the need for that development to be based on mutual respect, and to be "ground up" in order for it to be sustainable and genuinely in the interests of those involved.
An enthusiastic crowd made their way from across Cork and Waterford to support Anna
With thanks to Cityprint, Cork Signs, Nicky Dowd, Michael Murphy, CIT Student Services Company, CIT Cleaning staff, CIT Caretakers, the Arts Committee of CIT Governing Body, and all who supported this exhibition at CIT.