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Tuesday, May 26, 2015


The Voices of Women Archive (Amazwi Abesifazane) began some 10 years ago as a proposed artwork of Durban artist Andries Botha.

He began collecting embroidered, appliqu├ęd stories of South African women who told a story of the most important day of their lives or a day they would never forget.

He soon realised that these creative narratives were, in fact, personal stories that spoke to and reflected on South African history with the potential to become an important component of the country’s fragile archive that needed to be preserved. He invited Coral Bijoux to take this creative archival collection into its next evolution and to guide and shape a formal Living archive or Museum of Women's stories.

The Museum is now officially established with a registered Board, currently under the Directorship of Coral Bijoux and Chair of Mathabo Kunene. It is believed to be one of the only registered Women’s Museums in Africa. The current Conversations exhibition being hosted by North West University is the curatorial vision of Coral to broaden the creative, cultural dialogue within and amongst South African woman and men. This is a travelling exhibition in its third cycle, adapting to its geographic and cultural environment on each occasion. The exhibition is accompanied by a strong educational component.

Conversations can be viewed at Northwest University Gallery at the University of Potchefstroom campus until July 17. For more information visit