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Clause 23: Cultural association

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Andrew Verster
This clause defines the right of individuals to enjoy their culture, practise their religion, use their language and belong to any cultural, religious or linguistic association of their choice. Andrew Verster prefers a symbolic rather than an obvious, literal illustration of the clause. His image features three hands against a boldy streaked background. One hand is raised in religious ecstasy, the other is writing, refering to language, and the third, drawn on black ground, is a man-made hand, representing culture.

"Born in the old South Africa [1937 in Johannesburg], proud to be living in the new", Andrew Verster received his training at the Camberwell School of Art in London and then lectured at tertiary institutions in Durban. In 1976, he gave up teaching to paint full-time. He has since exhibited widely in South Africa and overseas, including over 40 solo exhibitions.

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