Monday, 02 June 2014 08:48


Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life

Artatwork are the publicists for this brilliant visual history of photographic practice during apartheid.

We know we don't usually stray far from our public arts obsession but, considering the bank imbalance and the luminous nature of this particular giant work, we could not resist.

We do have dreams about re-installing the entire show, which is now on at Museum Africa in Johannesburg until end June 2014 (after runs in New York, Milan and Munich), into the streets of inner city Hillbrow - frames and all.

While this of course is a completely wild notion, it is perfectly aligned with our thinking that the arts in public space will encourage audiences into private arts places .. and into public art places that appear to be private.

It's a challenging legacy of apartheid that many of our public institutions in the arts are not considered welcoming and are often intimidating places to visit for the majority of working-class people.

Be that as it may, great publicity, including a campaign to encourage working-class people (on whom this show is really focused), is attracting record numbers to this significant exhibition, featuring the work of over 70 brilliant South African photographers, more than 500 images, ephemera, 27 films and a book.

For information about Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life, visit our companion Tumblr to the exhibition - and visit the exhibition itself, take your friends, take your family, tell everyone.



Photograph © Omar Badsha. Street performance, Victoria Street, Durban, 1980.

Photograph and (c) Noel Watson, Security forces with dogs hold back crowd protesting against Minister Piet Koornhof being given the freedom of Soweto, 1980.

Photograph (c) gille de vlieg. Cyril Ramaphosa and Harry Oppenheimer, opposing heads of the union and the biggest mining company, 1985.

Unidentified Photographer. Members of the Black Sash making their signature item of dress, 1955. Courtesy Museum Africa

Writer Percy Zmvuyo with photographer Omar Badsha looking at a Black Sash protest image at Rise and Fall of Apartheid in Joburg 2014 - Photograph by Masimba Sasa.

Curator Okwui Enwezor. Hands the size of Venice at the Rise and Fall of Apartheid Preview in Joburg 2014 - Photograph by Masimba Sasa.







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