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Image: Bom boys (detail). 1998. Photo by Roger Woolridge. © Jane Alexander.

Art Exhibition: Jane Alexander on being human

3rd March 2009, 09:30 to 22nd March 2009, 16:30, The Galilee Chapel, Durham Cathedral

An exhibition of sculptures by internationally acclaimed South African artist, Jane Alexander, is taking place in the Galilee Chapel of Durham Cathedral from 3 March until 22 March 2009 (opening times: 9.30am-4.30pm)

By kind permission of the Chapter of Durham and with the support of sponsors that include the Northern Rock Foundation, Santander Bank, and the North American Foundation for Durham University, Durham University proudly presents an exhibition “On Being Human”

The exhibition is part of Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study’s year-long examination of what it means to be human in the 21st Century.

The installation has been put together especially for this unique venue. The central component of the exhibition is the ‘Bom Boys’, a tableau inspired in the everyday life of displaced children in Cape Town, where the artist lives. Complex, multifaceted and intriguing, the tableau can be understood as suggesting not only the vulnerability of abandoned children but also their resilience and their struggle to build a dignified and respected life. The exhibition also includes a series of individual figures that the artist has produced in the last 10 years. Combined with the ‘Bom Boys’, they alert us to the fragility of our social, cultural and moral constructs.

Contact enquiries.ias@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

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