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Exhibition and Book Launch for 'Life of Bone' project

Ancient hominids and contemporary artworks on view in art-meets-science exhibition at Wits University, Johannesburg.


The 'life of bone' project has been conceptualised and assembled by Joni Brenner, a well known artist based at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. As she and Elizabeth Burroughs write in the press materials for the exhibition (see links above):

Life of bone, both an exhibition and a book, is the fruit of a series of interactions between a group of artists, scientists and writers, whose work has included the consideration of bones.  As Joni Brenner, the co-ordinator of the project, explains, "Our explorations mean that we have dealt with issues of human origin, evolution, human consciousness, deep time, lineage, ancestry and belonging."

Life of bone has created a meeting of art and science in an exhibition where significant palaeoanthropological discoveries are found in dialogue with artistic responses to bones, life, death, past, present and future. The three artists, Joni Brenner, Gerhard Marx and Karel Nel, have each produced a body of work which relate in different ways to the presence and meaning of skulls or bones. The scientists who have engaged with the artists' work deal with bones in their own disciplines as anthropologists, geneticists and social scientists involved in human rights work. Further responses to the works have come from a writer and a poet.

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