Known for his complex linocut prints, the former District Six resident tells the story of his youth and incarceration on Robben Island through his art. Gathering Strands: Lionel Davis offers a unique opportunity to explore the life and work of the acclaimed artist.
“My journey through life, starting in District Six, going on to my work as a teacher and later as a public speaker, has been about bringing people together. It is about learning to work together and learning from each other. The strands are about binding us together – socially, culturally and artistically,” explains Lionel.
Throughout his life, Lionel has used art as a means of recording and reflecting on South Africa’s political transformations. As such, the museum space became a place where he could use his art to educate others. “Museums are living spaces, providing visitors with the chance to see, explore and learn our heritage,” he says.