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artwork by Pam Kleemann

Mixed Media – Digital photograph, cotton fabric, photographic tray, water, food colouring, metal clips.

Window Frames Sydney Road Brunswick Association Exhibition, Melbourne Fringe Festival, 2010 (Judges commendation)


Copyright Pam Kleemann © 2010

On the one hand, hands represent hope, affection and kindness. On the other hand, they represent hate, brutality and violence.

In 1890s Congo under the rule of King Leopold II, Congolese slaves, who failed to meet his rubber collection quotas, were punished by having their hands cut off. Baskets of severed hands became the symbol of the Congo Free State.

The hand is also part of the language of photography – the practice of photography is hands-on; cameras can be hand-held; photographs can be hand-printed, hand-coloured, hand-painted, hand-finished and they are handed around for appraisal and appreciation.