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Maker: Georgia Papageorge
born 1941, South Africa
Africa Rifting: Lines of Fire, Namibia/Brazil
Date: 2003
Medium: Videotape on DVD-NTSC disk
Dimensions: Duration: 15 minutes
Credit Line: Museum purchase
Geography: South Africa
Edition: 1 of 3AP, Edition of 15
Object Number: 2004-12-1
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Object is not currently on exhibit

Georgia Papageorge's most recent projects use the coastal landscapes of southern Africa and Brazil to explore concepts of rift, synchronicity and transcendence--concepts she infuses with deep spiritual meaning. Africa Rifting: Lines of Fire, Namibia/Brazil employs the idea of rift as both ancient geological and contemporary sociological schism manifest through a voyage on both continents through time and space. It refers to the Gondwanaland split between South America and Africa some 135 million years ago, which is used symbolically by the artist to suggest internal conflict. Installations of red banner crosses--suggestive of the fiery continental rift and of the Crucifixion and sacrificial blood--define and link the coasts of Namibia and Brazil, communicating a theme of shared catastrophic violence, hope, redemption and salvation.

15-minute videotape on DVD-NTSC disk. Number 1 of 3 artist's proofs, with edition of 15.

Currents: Water in African Art, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 2016-ongoing

Continental Rifts: Time-Based Art in Africa, Fowler Museum of Cultural History, University of California, Los Angeles, February 22-June 14, 2009

Body of Evidence-Rotation 1, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., June 14-October 15, 2006

Hornbeck, Stephanie E. 2009. "A Conservation Conundrum: Ephemeral Art at the National Museum of African Art." African Arts 42 (3), p. 60, no. 16.

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