This is an exhibition which looks at racial discrimination and prejudice in both its old and new forms. It starts with the history of racism, documenting the growth of racist ideologies and practices.
The central part of the exhibition shows in detail the Apartheid system that was in force in South Africa between 1948 and 1994 as an example and extreme and transparent form of deeply-rooted Western racism. There is a large selection of works of art produced in South Africa from the end of the 19th century up to the present day, but paying particular attention to the Apartheid period.
Afrikaner Resistance Movement meeting, 1991
Photo Guy Tillim, The Bigger Picture
Photo courtesy of Centre de Cultura ContemporÓnia de Barcelona
The exhibition includes key works by the most internationally acclaimed South African artists - Jane Alexander, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Santu Mofokeng, Berni Searle, Penny Siopis, Paul Stopforth, Sue Williamson, etc.-, but also many others of extraordinary importance and quality barely known outside South Africa: Albert Adams, Peter Clarke, Ernest Cole, Dumile Feni, Billy Mandindi, Ephrain Ngatane, Gerard Sekoto and Durant Sihlali, among others.