JALIYAA (JANE) VERSFELD
was born and raised in the rural Eastern Cape, later graduating from UCT with a BA and HDE. She applies her experience as a language teacher / activist on the Cape Flats during the 1980s to her (self-taught) design and illustration of progressive educational materials on behalf of various NGOs and worker organisations, eg a poster tracing the land question in South Africa since 1652 for the Land Tribunal hosted by the Trust for Community Outreach and Education in 2003, and her work has been used in international debt cancellation and other campaigns. Pan-African culture/s; indigenous flora and fauna; gender issues; holistic health, and feminist spirituality are also important concerns reflected in her personal work, which ranges from cartoons to fabric art to ceramic sculpture. Exhibitions include: Black and White in INK (cartoons), in Durban (2002); Upfront and Personal: 3 decades of political graphics initiated by the British Council in association with Iziko Museums national tour (2003); The Memory Project (2005).
In a current interview art writer Jaroslav Kalac of Contempo Art magazine
Dube mentions ``With a country in transition, it is important to establish platforms to launch people young and old, taught and self taught, with opportunities in the arts. The more opportunities there are, the better; those who shine can further themselves. Social transformation, growth and opportunity are pillars of the collective. Success should not be measured by the amount of cash you make but by the difference you make to yourself and others. ``
<>Group showings: This is Cape Town (2002 & 2003) Street kid workshop exhibition (curator - 2003), MOPP with the Khamissa Kollektiv (2004/5), Next Wave festival Melbourne Australia 2006, AVA committee selection exhibition 2005. His work features on the web at these addresses> thedigitalartist.com / looklookmagazine / nativesoul.blogspot.com / tinyvices.com /Africancoffee.co.za >>>>>>