90 Bree Street
Cnr Bree and Shortmarket
Cape Town CBD
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09:00 - 22:00
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Located inside the Cape Heritage Hotel, Sisonke Gallery was created to promote and uplift local artists, forming new relationships through the showcase of meaningful works.
For November, Nature is symbolised by the flower, a most beautiful natural and sensorial element, with each flower having its own personality. The artist therefore comfortably creates portraits of people associated with flowers, to capture individual essence.
The Hibiscus flower has personal symbolism for November. It is commonly believed that this Island flower hails from Hawaii. It is native to warm temperate, subtropical, and tropical regions throughout the world. Some posit that the Hibiscus is native to West Africa. This colourful flower was a symbol of survival and strength during the gruelling centuries of slavery. The hibiscus has become an iconic symbol of the African roots of the Caribbean. As it travelled out of Africa, its symbolism reinforced a sense of dignity. By allowing African slaves to continue their culinary traditions and culture, they had a link to home in a violent and unwelcoming new world, which helped them to survive.
The flower blooms for only one day.
“I want to emancipate the idea that it’s an exotic flower and rather attest that it’s an African flower and engrained in our DNA."
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