The Freedom Charter and The Beatitudes
Each of the six panels are 1m x 1.5m. Charcoal and graphite on Fabriano paper 160g.
Created over a period of two months, the panels of Fabriano, have been measured and folded over 120 times each, with over 2100 stones drawn in charcoal, representing an encoded (uncompressed) Braille formation.
The texts of The Freedom Charter and The Beatitudes both speak of the constant need to remain mindful of our humanity; to always practice empathy, and to make bold attempts in understanding the lived experiences of others. Especially those less privileged. Their messages are personified in the word “Ubuntu”; a Zulu word for Humanity.
As Brincat explains, “Here in my work, Ubuntu has been split into two- Sacred (The Beatitudes) and Secular (The Freedom Charter). Personally I’m intrigued that both the secular and spiritual, recognise the same need for this empathetic world view; and I have chosen to encrypt their texts, symbolising how that their messages have fallen on deaf ears in these turbulent times. The luxurious monochromatic finish; the scale of the pieces and the magic of the levitating stones, lulls one further into a hypnotic state of superficial appreciation, while challenging the viewer to decipher the texts. But therein lies a caveat: To decipher the text, may result in taking action – selfless actions towards kindness, in line with Ubuntu.”
Aldo Brincat is a self taught photographer and emerging visual artist, having exhibited in solo shows in Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and recently in London, England.
Four of his images reside in the Private Collection of The University of North West in South Africa. Aldo’s photo essay on the emerging MaRock urban subculture in Botswana, FOREIGN NATIONALS, was celebrated as among The Top 15 exhibitions on the African continent by Nigerian based arts publication, OKAYAFRICA, for 2015.
His photo-book, Diamonds Alive! featuring 120 portraits and narratives of some of Botswana’s most intriguing citizens, was published by African Scripts in 2017. Only in 2020 did he consolidate his skills by committing to postgraduate studies in Fine Art at the world renowned Michaelis School of Fine Art, at the University of Cape Town, where he obtained a pass with Distinction.
He is currently a Masters student in Visual Art, at the University of Stellenbosch.