3. The Smithsonian Museum of African Art

31 Dec 2010

This multi-media Installation consists of six large scale framed prints, six sculptures and six veils.

The Binding examines the wider psychological and cultural impact of this lost body of fatherhood. Using her own son as a model, Dixie makes reference to key texts of Western culture which illustrate how the invisibility of paternity is, in fact, key to the establishment of patriarchal masculinities – an absence which is resolved through the actual or symbolic sacrifice of the son. “(Deborah Seddon, Paternity and Intertextuality in Christine Dixie’s The Binding)

Further Reading:

Von Veh, K. 2014. Deconstructing Dogma: Transgressive Religious Iconography in South African Art. Johannesburg, de Arte 89.

Interview: Dr. Karen Milbourne, Senior curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

The Binding Catalogue 2010