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Rise and Fall of Apartheid travels to Museum Africa

Following a highly successful tour that included the International Center of Photography (New York), Haus der Kunst (Munich), and PAC (Milan), the exhibition The Rise and Fall of Apartheid is coming to Museum Africa in Johannesburg from 13 February to 29 June 2014. The New York Times said of the exhibition: “…the material brought together is rich, its arrangements provocative and its ideas morally probing. In short, it’s really something to see, and I urge you to.” Rise and Fall went on to win the 2012 Lucie Award for Best Photography Exhibition, and the Gold Deutscher Fotobuchpreis for 2014 for the exhibition catalogue. The exhibition features work by Jodi Bieber, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Thabiso Sekgala and Sue Williamson.

Various artists at the South African Pavilion at Venice Biennale

Works by David Koloane, Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx, Philip Miller, Sam Nhlengethwa, Sue Williamson & Nelisiwe Xaba are featured on the South African Pavilion at the 55th la Biennale di Venezia. Curated by Brenton Maart, the exhibition is titled Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive. The exhibition is presented by the National Arts Festival and funded by the Department of Arts & Culture. The 55th la Biennale di Venezia will take place from 1 June to 24 November 2013.

Rise and Fall of Apartheid at ICP

Works by Jodi Bieber, David Goldblatt, William Kentridge, Thabiso Sekgala and Sue Williamson featured on Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life at the International Centre of Photography in New York. This photographic 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, 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 form 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 complex understanding of photography and the aesthetic power of the documentary form and honors the exceptional achievement of South African photographers.

The exhibition ran from 14 September 2012–6 January 2013.

Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa since 1950 travels to Birmingham

Work by William Kentridge, Nontsikelelo Veleko and Sue Williamson features on the group show Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa since 1950, which travels to the Birmingham Museum of Art January 2011.

The exhibition features the work of 18 photographers, new media and video artists, who lived and worked in South Africa during the apartheid era (1948-1994), though a few now live elsewhere. Darkroom’s eight sections highlight the ways that these artists have addressed South African culture from various perspectives, and their increased presence in the global art world since 1994. It examines the use of analog and digital media, still and moving pictures, and two- and three-dimensional formats to express relationships between mid-twentieth-century approaches and more recent ones, and differing concerns among artists of successive generations.

The show has a particular resonance to Birmingham audiences. “There are remarkable parallels between Birmingham’s Civil Rights history and the Apartheid Era in South Africa,” said Ron Platt, the BMA’s Hugh Kaul Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “The photographs and video in this exhibition vividly convey this time in South African history, and I wanted to share with our audience how people there lived through something remarkably similar to what happened in Alabama, and how what happened here impacted people on the other side of the World. South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu often cited Birmingham’s nonviolent demonstrations as inspirational to the Apartheid Movement.”

Accompanying the exhibition is the catalogue Darkroom: Photography and New Media in South Africa since 1950 by Tosha Grantham. The book won the gold medal in the Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult category of the 2010 Independent Publisher Book Awards.

The exhibition runs from 30 January to 17 April 2011.


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