n Without Prejudice - Dancing for freedom - constitutional court art collection / cover

Volume 20 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1681-178X


The artwork Freedom Dancer: The South African by Paul Stopforth symbolises South African antiapartheid activist Steve Biko’s ideas of black liberation and the freedom of the spirit. The artist was quoted as saying, “[this artwork] is the metaphorical rising of the ideals that Steve embodied”. The hands that surround the dancer are a reference to Stopforth’s interest in Buddhist and Hindu iconography where hands often indicate a combination of energy and compassion. In Freedom Dancer they are intended as a positive and luminous reinforcement of the dance and the dancer that celebrates this brilliant moment in time and history.

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