David Goldblatt / Fietas

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The Goodman Gallery // Project Space was pleased to have presented an exhibition of works by David Goldblatt. The exhibition opened on the 22 December 2009 and closed on the 12th of December 2009

“In the 1890s, shortly after Johannesburg started, three suburbs, bluntly named, were proclaimed for occupation by people of colour: Coolie Location, Kaffir Location and Malay Location. After an outbreak of plague in 1904, Coolie Location was razed. Kaffir Location became a cemetery for Whites. Malay Location, later named Pageview and called Fietas by its residents, became one of the few places in the city reserved for people of colour – Africans, Coloureds and Indians, none of whom had the vote. Whites in a neighbouring suburb, the people who did have the vote, didn’t like people of colour living so near and put pressure on the City Council to move them out. Gradually, on the pretext of public health and slum clearance, Africans were forced out and Coloureds were enticed with new suburbs. That left the Indians.

In 1950 the apartheid government passed the Group Areas Act, under which residential and business areas in cities, towns and villages were to be reserved for different ethnic groups. In 1956 Pageview/Fietas was declared a White Group Area. The Indians were to be removed to Lenasia, a Group Area reserved for them 40 kilometres beyond the city – Fietas was about five from the city centre.

Fietas was a small place with narrow streets and compact houses, heavily overcrowded, but with a strong sense of community. Rich and poor, Black and White had come from many miles to shop there. Three generations had grown and lived there. Using every loophole in the law the people of Fietas fought against removal. But eventually in 1977 police with dogs moved in and except for a very few, the last of the Indians of Fietas were forced out. Shops and houses were destroyed and new houses were built for low-income Whites.
These photographs were taken in 1976 and 1977, the last years of Fietas.”
David Goldblatt 2009

David Goldblatt

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    Hassimia Sahib's "Republic Islamic Butchery" before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Fietas (4_2386), April 1977

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  • Ozzie Docrat's shop after its forced closure under the Group Areas Act, Fietas

    David Goldblatt

    Ozzie Docrat's shop after its forced closure under the Group Areas Act, Fietas, April 1977

    Silver Gelatin

  • The butchery of Hassimia Sahib, who resisted forced removal, with new housing for whites, during the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act

    David Goldblatt

    The butchery of Hassimia Sahib, who resisted forced removal, with new housing for whites, during the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act

  • Zulu woman salvaging bricks for a white contractor from Indians' houses demolished under the Group Areas Act, Fietas

    David Goldblatt

    Zulu woman salvaging bricks for a white contractor from Indians' houses demolished under the Group Areas Act, Fietas, 1982

    Silver Gelatin<...

  • Three businessmen examining possible sites for shops at the Oriental Plaza, Fordsburg (2_18762)

    David Goldblatt

    Three businessmen examining possible sites for shops at the Oriental Plaza, Fordsburg (2_18762), 1974

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-b...

  • In the shop of the Docrat brothers on 14th street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act (2_26258)

    David Goldblatt

    In the shop of the Docrat brothers on 14th street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act (2_26258), 1976

    Silver gelatin photogra...

  • Toothbrushes before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act.1976 (2_26308)

    David Goldblatt

    Toothbrushes before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act.1976 (2_26308), 1976

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based pape...

  • A young man known as Krish on the stoep of his home before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26353)

    David Goldblatt

    A young man known as Krish on the stoep of his home before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26353), 1976

    Silver gelatin ...

  • Ismael Peersaap of Mansoor sweetmeats on 17th street before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act (2_26370)

    David Goldblatt

    Ismael Peersaap of Mansoor sweetmeats on 17th street before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act (2_26370), 1976

    Silver gel...

  • Fietas from the south-east before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26415)

    David Goldblatt

    Fietas from the south-east before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26415), 1976

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based...

  • Ozzie Docrat with his daughter Nassima in his shop before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Fietas, Johannesburg (2_26500)

    David Goldblatt

    Ozzie Docrat with his daughter Nassima in his shop before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Fietas, Johannesburg (2_26500), 1977

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  • A sidewalk trader, 14th Street, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26511)

    David Goldblatt

    A sidewalk trader, 14th Street, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26511), 1976

    Silver gelatin photograph...

  • Harry, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act  (2_26528)

    David Goldblatt

    Harry, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act (2_26528), 1976

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

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  • Fazela Docrat in her father’s shop, Subway Grocers, before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26544)

    David Goldblatt

    Fazela Docrat in her father’s shop, Subway Grocers, before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26544), 1976

    Silver gelati...

  • The Modis in their shop on 17th Street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976(2_26558)

    David Goldblatt

    The Modis in their shop on 17th Street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976(2_26558), 1976

    Silver gelatin photograph on ...

  • Boys at the corner of Delarey and 17th streets, before the destruction of Fietas, under the Group Areas Act (2_26586)

    David Goldblatt

    Boys at the corner of Delarey and 17th streets, before the destruction of Fietas, under the Group Areas Act (2_26586), 1976

    Silver gelatin...

  • Yusuf and Ayesha Rajah at home with their baby before the destruction of fietas under the Group Areas Act (2_26648)

    David Goldblatt

    Yusuf and Ayesha Rajah at home with their baby before the destruction of fietas under the Group Areas Act (2_26648), 1976

    Silver gelatin p...

  • Shopping for clothes at Yusuf Docrat's shop on 14th street, before the destruction under Group Areas Act (2_26748)

    David Goldblatt

    Shopping for clothes at Yusuf Docrat's shop on 14th street, before the destruction under Group Areas Act (2_26748), 1976

    Silver gelatin ph...

  • Abdulhay Garda and his assistant, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26750)

    David Goldblatt

    Abdulhay Garda and his assistant, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26750), 1976

    Silver gelatin photogra...

  • A backyard mechanic and his sons, Vrededorp (2_27118)

    David Goldblatt

    A backyard mechanic and his sons, Vrededorp (2_27118), 1977

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

  • In the pub, Vrededorp (2_27165)

    David Goldblatt

    In the pub, Vrededorp (2_27165), 1977

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

    approx. 30 x 40cm

    Edition of 10

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  • Avalon Cinema, 17th Street, Fietas (Pageview), before its destruction under the Group Areas Proclamation which enforced the removal of all Asiatics and the reservation of the suburb for occupation by whites. (3CT_04)

    David Goldblatt

    Avalon Cinema, 17th Street, Fietas (Pageview), before its destruction under the Group Areas Proclamation which enforced the removal of all Asiatics an...

  • 17th Street, Fietas (Pageview), before the destruction of its houses and shops under the Group Areas (3CT_08)

    David Goldblatt

    17th Street, Fietas (Pageview), before the destruction of its houses and shops under the Group Areas (3CT_08), 1977-1978

    Digital Prints on...

  • A house on 17th Street, before destruction under the Group Areas Act. December 1977 (4_2518)

    David Goldblatt

    A house on 17th Street, before destruction under the Group Areas Act. December 1977 (4_2518), 1977

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

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  • Pielieboy Billings and friend at the corner of Krause and 22nd Streets, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. April 1976 (4_2381)

    David Goldblatt

    Pielieboy Billings and friend at the corner of Krause and 22nd Streets, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. April 1976 (4_2381...

  • House with a closed-in-stoep before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. October 1976 (4_2440)

    David Goldblatt

    House with a closed-in-stoep before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. October 1976 (4_2440), 1976

    Silver gelatin on fibre based p...

  • A baby and his father in a rooming house on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_15037)

    David Goldblatt

    A baby and his father in a rooming house on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_15037), March 1973

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

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  • Bridal wear shop window before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 7 December 1976 (4_2460)

    David Goldblatt

    Bridal wear shop window before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 7 December 1976 (4_2460), 1976

    Silver gelatin on fibre based pap...

  • Burnt-out shell of the Star Bio on 20th Street, Fietas. December 1976 (4_2468)

    David Goldblatt

    Burnt-out shell of the Star Bio on 20th Street, Fietas. December 1976 (4_2468), 1976

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    Ed...

  • Signage on 14th Street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. December 1976 (4_2482)

    David Goldblatt

    Signage on 14th Street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. December 1976 (4_2482), 1976

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper<...

  • Farouk Janoo, shopkeeper before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. December 1976 (4_2491)

    David Goldblatt

    Farouk Janoo, shopkeeper before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. December 1976 (4_2491), 1976

    Silver gelatin on fibre ...

  • Prayer beads in the 23rd Street Mosque. 14 June 1982 (4_2890)

    David Goldblatt

    Prayer beads in the 23rd Street Mosque. 14 June 1982 (4_2890), 1982

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    Edition of 10

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  • Shireen Hussein whose family resisted removal under the Group Areas Act (4_4057)

    David Goldblatt

    Shireen Hussein whose family resisted removal under the Group Areas Act (4_4057), 1986

    Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper

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  • The Madrassa, 23rd Street, Fietas (4_2517)

    David Goldblatt

    The Madrassa, 23rd Street, Fietas (4_2517), May 1977

    Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

    Aprox: 50x 70cm

    Edition of 10

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