TRIBAL & TEXTILE ART | THE CASSPIR PROJECT
February 21 – 23, 2020
The 34th edition of The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show will welcome artist Ralph Ziman’s traveling exhibition, The Casspir Project, and the presentation of SPOEK 1, an 11-ton decommissioned, apartheid-era Casspir vehicle that has been restored and reclaimed. SPOEK 1 was completed in collaboration with artisans from Zimbabwe and the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, who used 70 million brightly-colored glass beads to turn the symbol of tyranny into a spectacularly adorned sculpture that represents humanity and creativity.
This marks the first time The Casspir Project will be presented in Northern California. Ziman is known for his work that interrogates human rights issues such as apartheid, the over-militarization of police, and state violence. SPOEK 1 is the central part of Ziman’s The Casspir Project series, which also comprises installation, photography, and film. The work will be located at the entry inside the fair where it can be viewed February 21-23, 2020 during fair hours.
SPOEK 1 will be showcased alongside significant textile and indigenous works from artisans in Africa, Asia, Indonesia, Oceania, and North America. For the first time, audiences will be treated to both the 34th edition of The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show and The 36th American Indian Art Show, all under the same roof.
“The Casspir Project is about remembering the past, so as not to repeat it in the future. It’s an important message that I think needs to be presented to as many audiences as possible and I’m thrilled to be able to showcase it for the first time in Northern California.”