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Sieberhagen was born in 1961 in Victoria West, South Africa. Sieberhagen says the thought-provoking question American writer, James Baldwin asked in his book about American history: “Which of us has overcome his past?” has become an important one considering the present realities in South Africa.

Sieberhagen says the honeymoon period of the rainbow nation is over and we are in the process of re-thinking our relationships with history and with our fellow countrymen. Baldwin's gripping statement: “People are trapped in history and history is trapped in people” confirms the energy that is at present evident in our country.

“The Coffle series was created in which I set out to portray the reality that people are inseparably connected to each other and each other's past, present and future.  To give life to this concept I have used the haunting images of coffles (a line of slaves tied together (Arabic word "cafile" meaning caravan)).

Coffle II (Trapped in history series),
laser cut mild steel, painted, 29 x 93 x 8cm, 2007
Wayne Cahill Barker   Gerhard Harald Batha   Walter Whall Battiss   Deborah Margaret Bell   Bongi Bengu   Willie Bester
Peter John Bonney   Willem Hendrik Adriaan Boshoff   Mbongeni Richman Buthelezi   Norman Catherine   Erika Hibbert   Phillemon Hlungwani
Robert Griffiths Hodgins   William Kentridge   John Kramer   Speelman Mahlangu   Colbert Mashile   Clare Menck
John Mark Moore   Zwelethu Mthethwa and Sam Nhlengethwa   Olbie Olberholzer   Walter Oltmann   Milwa Mnyaluza George Pemba   Uwe Pfaff
Karin Preller   Dan Rakgoathe   Albert Redelinghuys   Jürgen Schadeberg   Lucky Sibiya   Jaco Sieberhagen
Lionel Smit   Richard John Smith   Angus Taylor   Alfred Thoba   Andrew Verster   Edoardo Villa