Conscience of the Human Spirit: The Life of Nelson Mandela
Tributes by Quilt Artists from South Africa and the United States
Published by: Michigan State University Museum
106 Pages, 98 color illus.
- Published: December 2016
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In 2013 the world mourned the passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, one of its most revered champions of human rights. Mandela provided a moral compass for how we treat each other, how we lead our own lives, and how we need to continue to strive for a just, fair, nonracial, and democratic society. Artists around the world have long made quilts in tribute to Mandela and in support of and advocacy for the principles to which he was devoted. But it is for South Africans and African Americans that making quilts in tribute to Mandela has had special meaning. Conscience of the Human Spirit, which accompanies an exhibition by the same name, features quilts made after Mandela's death—diverse and powerful pieces reflect the ways in which this remarkable man touched individual lives, changed a nation, and served as the conscience of the human spirit for individuals around the world.
This book is a collaborative project of the Michigan State University Museum, Women of Color Quilters Network, and South African quilt artists.
Curatorial Statement / Marsha MacDowell and Carolyn L. Mazloomi
Statement of Integrity: Pieces of Africa / Pumeza Mandela and Noel Solani
Commentary: Quilted Tomes: Mandela Stories in Cloth / Patricia Turner
Essay: Mandela: His Life and Legacy in Thread / Marsha MacDowell
Essay: Women of Color Quilters Network: Our Tributes to Nelson Mandela / Carolyn L. Mazloomi
Quilt Tributes to Nelson R. Mandela