Kopanang Embroidery

Traveling Exhibit: Kopanang Universe Canticle

Sinsinawa Art Gallery is featuring “Kopanang Universe Canticle” from Jan. 7 through March 27. This exhibit features over 30 fabric panels filled with stitchery, embroidery, weaving, and applique that depict the unfolding story of the universe through the eyes and hands and artistic heritage of women from diverse cultural groups in South Africa.

In the Sotho language, “kopanang” means “gathering together.” Led by Sister Sheila Flynn, OP, in 2001, the women formed a community in the face of their own struggle with HIV/AIDS in order to provide medical, familial and spiritual resources. They came from two previously divided townships near Johannesburg, South Africa. The project was created in three months for World AIDS Day in 2002 and has since been viewed around the globe. The women took their inspiration from African folklore, the Bible, and the contemporary writings of Thomas Berry and Brian Swimme.

For more information, contact Sister Priscilla Wood, OP, at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org/moundcenter. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.

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