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Political rights 380 x 502, relief etching
Kim Berman

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Political rights include the right to form and campaign for a political party, the right to free, fair and regular elections, and the right to be elected for public office. To represent this clause of the Bill of Rights, Kim Berman has chosen the familiar image of endless crowds of citizens patiently queuing to cast their vote - an image that has become an icon of the new South Africa, symbol of the first free elections. The separate interior scene on the lower right reminds us that political rights apply to all citizens, including women, who are often deprived of those rights in patriarchal traditional societies. The three women gathered here are engaged in active talking and debating, inspired by the artist's personal involvement with rural women's empowerment.

Kim Berman was born in Johannesburg in 1960. She studied at the University of the Witwatersrand and later received an MFA from Tufts University in Boston, Massachussetts. She has exhibited widely in South Africa, the United States and, most recently, in Belgium, where she also worked as Artist-in-Residence. Currently employed as a senior lecturer at Wits Technikon, Kim Berman is also Managing Director at the Artist Proof Studio in Johannesburg.

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