Online-Only Auction, 16 - 23 August 2021About the Session
NWU Gallery curator and collections manager Amohelang Mohajane is the guest curator for our August online-only auction. Her selection is carefully curated in celebration of Women’s Month. Mohajane has participated as a curator in over 30 exhibitions in the past 10 years, contributing to powerful visual and academic narratives relating to feminism, postcolonialism, and South African and African Art.
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Jill Reid is the author and illustrator of the book Butterfly Gardening in South Africa (Briza, 2000). Sutherlandia frutescens (now Lessertia frutescens) has important medicinal properties and a long history in South Africa as a treatment for colds, flu, inflammation, anxiety and TB among many other ailments. According to the South African National Biodiversity Institute, the plant is currently "one of the most talked about in the ethnobotanical world because it has a strong reputation as a cure for cancer and now increasingly as an immune booster in the treatment of HIV/AIDS."
Dierama pendulum (common name ‘fairy bells’) is popular with gardeners but has a limited natural distribution in South Africa, ranging only from the area around Knysna to as far as Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape. It was first collected and described in the botanical record by the renowned Swedish naturalist Carl Peter Thunberg in the early 1770s.