Creative industry: Koena Art Institute Legacy Project to preserve the Khoi San and Koena culture!

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The significance of Art in Africa is that it tells compelling stories. Art propels us to enquiry about our history. Art enriches us to preserve our African culture and identity. The place of Art in Africa is to claim our dignity as Africans. It is crucial that we create and preserve any form of our culture to showcase to the world.

We need to as African re-introduce the pride of who we are. We need to raise awareness of our heritage rendering the pursuit of African solidarity. In the pursuit of solidarity do away with any form of exclusion of other indigenous cultures.

Lukretia Booysen captures our hearts with her Legacy Project. Founder and Director of Koena Art Institute is set to help the nation grieve, as she uses art to honour loved ones who have passed on. Inspired by the passing of her grandfather last year. She started this project to help individuals remember their lost loved ones through art.

The project is commission- “based and allows clients to submit images of their lost loved ones that will be turned into customised artworks. Some of the art forms available include paintings, sculptures and illustrations”.

About Koena Art Institute:

The Koena Art Institute is an organisation that celebrates and preserves Khoi San / Khoena heritage and identity, representing artists of Khoena heritage from across South Africa.

The Khoisan recognised as an indigenous population of South Africa. Khoisan people, who at various points were referred to using the derogatory terms such as ‘Bushmen’ and  ‘Hottentots’, as well as Kung, Kxoe, Khoi Khoi, Ovahimba, San, Vatua and !Xu, are an ethno-linguistic group that has traditionally been marginalised throughout South African history.

Artworks and events reflect the narrative through the eyes of the Khoena people, indigenous to the Southern Region of Africa. Hosting a beautiful balance of seasoned and upcoming artists who will present an exciting array of content central to the modern and contemporary Khoi/San.

The Koena Art Institute, aside from selling art online, hosts a series of temporary exhibitions, cultural exchange programs, music and language preservation classes. Which is the result of Indigenous knowledge systems and experiences, history and contemporary topics, unique to its people, providing an in-depth look at art-related concepts through a lively approach based on visual and audio demonstration.

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