Servitude is Like the Tide, It Changes

CCAC #: 0461f
Artwork title: Servitude is Like the Tide, It Changes
Artist(s): Ian Marley
Year made: 2004
Artwork type: Sculpture or object
Medium: Sandblasted onto window panels
Dimensions (mm): 841 x 594
Artwork series: Images of Human Rights – African Steps window application
Source: Installation commissioned by the Architectural Artworks Committee, with permission of the Human Rights Trust
Year acquired: 2004
Installation type: Integrated artwork
Location area: On public display

The Images of Human Rights portfolio, consisting of 29 fine art prints by 27 South African artists from the country’s nine provinces, depicts artistic impressions of each of the 27 fundamental Bill of Rights listed in the Constitution, including a front and back cover. The images are diverse in their creative approaches. As is done by the Constitutional Court’s wooden entrance doors, these images make it known what rights are to be upheld and advanced, and enforced by the Court. The window application of the portfolio is placed in between the Sunscreens, which represent the people’s hope for a new democracy and demonstrates how their lives intersect with the law. A set of the print portfolio is also contained in the CCAC. Volunteers drawn from human rights and art related organisations such as Amnesty International South Africa, the Black Sash, the Durban Art Gallery and the Lawyers for Human Rights worked together to produce the portfolio and market it both nationally and internationally. The intent behind the publishing of the portfolio in 1996 was to raise awareness of South Africa’s artistic talent while endorsing the positive values of human rights education, shortly after the Constitution came into effect.

Constitutional links: No one may be subjected to slavery, servitude or forced labour (section 13)

CCAC 437282

Photographer: Staff
Photo copyright: CCT

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