Fiona Kirkwood

Fiona Kirkwood is a South African artist who lives in
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. She works in fibre and mixed media
to produce contemporary sculptures and installations


beads, fabric, digital images, video monitor


418cms x 200cms


The Coat is used here as a metaphor for protection of individuals, society, culture and history as well as a recognizable symbol of the human form. The six large works reflect my awareness of the spirit of South Africa, of Zulu culture and history, the transition from the apartheid era to post-apartheid democracy, South African news and how it impacts on our lives and the HIV/AIDS pandemic. They also reflect the traditional beadwork techniques and the energy and vibrancy of Kwazulu Natal where I live.

Freedom Coat 2000 - 2001


Freedom Coat  2000 - 2001

The new South Africa, South African flag, symbol of democracy and freedom. Nelson Mandela. Main contributors. Statesman's coat. Unnamed heroes who were detained, banned, exiled, imprisoned, murdered, tortured, survived. Video of inauguration ceremony of president Nelson Mandela, 10th May 1994.


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