Charles Nkosi Submission to Death from Black Crucifixion 1976

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Many artists at Rorke's Drift expressed Christian themes in their work, offering innovative readings of the Bible that echoed political tensions in South Africa. Nkosi was also heavily influenced by the Black Consciousness Movement, founded by Stephen Biko in the mid-1960s, which encouraged the expression of black culture and pride in it. This print is from a series of thirteen linocuts that conveys messages of hope, suffering, and liberation through dramatic depictions of the suffering of a black Christ.

Gallery label from Impressions from South Africa, 1965 to Now, March 23–August 14, 2011 .
Linoleum cut
composition: 12 7/8 x 8 11/16" (32.7 x 22 cm); sheet: 15 3/8 x 9 3/4" (39 x 24.7 cm)
Charles Nkosi Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu-Natal
Charles Nkosi, at ELC Art and Craft Centre, Rorke's Drift, KwaZulu-Natal
Artist's proof before the edition of 14
Gift of the Associates
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