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Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life
JOHANNESBURG  •  Museum Africa, Johannesburg  •  12 February - 29 June 2014
 

After acclaimed viewings in Munich, Milan, and New York, Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life opens in Johannesburg at Museum Africa. Organised by the International Center of Photography in New York, Rise and Fall of Apartheid features the work of more than 70 South African photographers and artists, including over 800 images, 27 films, and a book.

The exhibition examines the legacy of the apartheid system and how it penetrated even the most mundane aspects of social existence in South Africa, from housing, public amenities, and transportation to education, tourism, religion, and businesses. Complex, vivid, evocative, and dramatic, it includes nearly 500 photographs, films, books, magazines, newspapers, and assorted archival documents and covers more than 60 years of powerful photographic and visual production that forms part of the historical record of South Africa. Several photographic strategies, from documentary to reportage, social documentary to the photo essay, were each adopted to examine the effects and after-effects of apartheid's political, social, economic, and cultural legacy. Curated by Okwui Enwezor with Rory Bester, the exhibition proposes a field of narratives about diverse photographic practice from colonial ethnographic studies to “insurrectional” image-making during apartheid, with some reflection on contemporary, post-apartheid views.



Contact: Museum Africa, Johannesburg
121 Bree Street
Johannesburg 2001
South Africa
Tel: (27) 11 833 5624

Dumisani Mabaso, 1984The Jumuna CollectionPhoto: Dumisani Mabaso
Dumisani Mabaso, 1984
The Jumuna Collection
Photo: Dumisani Mabaso
Impressions of Rorke’s Drift: The Jumuna Collection
JOHANNESBURG  •  Museum Africa  •  10 March - 25 May 2014
 
 

Impressions of Rorke’s Drift is curated by Thembinkosi Goniwe and draws works from the Jumuna Family collection, looking at the legacy of the Rorke’s Drift Arts and Craft Centre.

Situated on the battlefield of Rorke’s Drift (1879) a historical site of the Anglo Zulu War, the significance of The Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre lies in its prints, which have made an enormous contribution to South African art. Many alumni of The Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre went on to have significant careers, including artists such as Sam Nhlengethwa, Pat Mautloa, John Muafangejo, Kay Hassan, Dumisani Mabaso, Bongiwe Dhlomo, Azaria Mbatha, Paul Sibisi, Lionel Davis and Sandile Zulu.

The original ‘Evangelical Lutheran Church Art and Craft Centre’, which was established by Swedish missionaries Peder and Ulla Gowenius in 1962, gave a voice to many talented artists who would otherwise have been denied the opportunity to further their craft. The Swedish missionaries also enabled the work to be seen by an international audience at a time when South Africa’s art could not easily access a global stage.

The Centre concentrated initially on weaving and pottery, but these facilities developed into a printmaking studio which attracted artists from all over the country and beyond. The process of print-making enabled art to reach a wider audience – works could travel to multiple destinations and was affordable for the artists and the buyers.

The exhibition showcases over 100 pieces (mostly prints) from 17 artists, and an educational programmies the show, including input from experts within the print and art sectors.



Centre Rorke's Drift Website


Contact: Museum Africa
Old Market Building
121 Bree Street
Newtown
Johannesburg
South Africa
Tel: (27) 011 833 5624



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