'All shall be afforded dignity' 562 x 377, linocut
|Norman Kaplan wants to emphasise that the right to have one's dignity respected and protected, belongs to everyone. His linocut depicts a group of people composed of those whose dignity is often not respected: the poor, the handicapped, workers, women. The prominent mother- and-child image in the centre reminds us that respect for one's dignity should start from birth.
Norman Kaplan was born in Port Elizabeth in 1947 and studied at the local Technical College Sch1ool of Art. In 1977 he left for London where he lived for 14 years, working as a graphic designer and film-maker and producing works that protested Apartheid. After his return to South Africa he helped establish the Mayibuye Centre for History & Culture at the University of the Western Cape. He has shown his art in several exhibitions throughout the country and currently freelances for a video production company.