Copies of advertisements regarding destitute children that appeared in the Cape Government Gazette, form part of a memorial to children entitled We are still here. Between 1841 and 1921 some 7000 children were advertised as destitute in the Gazette. If not claimed by someone able to support them they were indentured, presumably as labourers. Memorial by Lovell Friedman and Leora Lewis, Longmarket pedestrian mall, Cape Town. 11 March 2012 (4_A0900), 2012 Demonstration print / Exhibition print / Silver gelatin on fibre based paper Approx (A0) 86 x 110cm / Approx 42 x 53cm
Memorial to the Enslaved by Wilma Cruise and Gavin Young. The white building was the Dutch East India Company's slave lodge in the centre of Cape Town. Some 9000 slaves, convicts and mentally disturbed people are thought to have been confined within it between 1679 and 1811. It is now a museum. 11 March 2012 (4_A0894), 2012 Silver gelatin on fiber based paper, backed onto dibond approx. 98 x 120 cm
Memorial to Sister Dr. Mary Aidan Quinlan who was murdered on November 9 1952 by a mob near Duncan Village. It was the time of the ANC’s Defiance of Unjust Laws campaign. Several thousand people had gathered on Bantu Square, near Duncan Village, for what was supposedly a religious meeting for which the magistrate had given permission. Hidden in a house nearby, waiting to address the crowd were ANC leaders. At the last minute, the police, suspecting the true purpose, ordered the crowd to disperse, but opened fire before they could do so. Nine were killed and many wounded. The crowd became a vengeance-seeking mob into which, taking a familiar shortcut to her church, drove Sister Quinlan. Her car was overturned and set alight. She was killed and perhaps partly cannabilised. Running battles between police, troops and township people continued into the night. It was said that more than two hundred people were killed. She had devotedly served the Duncan Village community as a medical doctor. Koko Qebeyi, not born at that time, became an anti-apartheid activist and city councillor and arranged for the erection of this monument to a woman who had devotedly served the community of Duncan Village. Catholic Church, Duncan Village, East London. 13 October 2013 (4_A1106), 2013 Silver gelatin on fiber based paper, dibonded approx. 120 x 98 cm
The Women's Monument at the Union Buildings, Pretoria. It commemorates the march by some 20,000 women on 9 August 1956, through Pretoria to the Union Buildings, where they attempted to present a letter to prime minister JG Strijdom, protesting the 'pass laws' and in particular, the law requiring African women to carry 'passes'. Neither Strijdom nor anyone else in government accepted the letter. In 2006 this memorial to the march was unveiled. It is in the amphitheatre where the women gathered. The artists were Wilma Cruise and Marcus Holmes. It is not accessible to the public. 1 November 2013 (4_A1141), 2013 Silver gelatin on fiber based paper, dibonded approx. 98 x 120 cm
On August 16 2012 South African Police shot striking mineworkers of the Lonrho platinum mines, killing 34 and wounding 78 in seemingly wild shooting without good cause. The men were shot, some with their hands up in surrender, within a radius of about 300 metres of this koppie on which they met. Beyond is the Lonhro smelter, which stood idle during the strike. Marikana, North-West Province. 11 May 2014 (4_A1201), 2014 Exhibition print / Silver gelatin on fibre based paper Approx (A0) 86 x 110cm / Approx 42 x 53cm
Assegais, shield, and 23-metre-high cross of the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in Afrika, (Dutch Reformed Mission Church to Africans), which stands above Dingane's destroyed capital, uMgungundlovu. The church was burnt down in 1985; Dinganestad, Natal. 1989 (4_6121), 1989 Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper, backed onto dibond A0: 98 x 120cm
Victoria Cobokana, housekeeper, in her employer’s dining room with her son Sifiso and daughter Onica, Johannesburg, June 1999. Victoria died of AIDS on 13 December 1999, Sifiso died of AIDS on 12 January 2000, Onica died of AIDS in May 2000 (6CT_01) , June 1999 Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper Work: 64 x 64 cm Frame: 91 x 91 x 1.5 cm
The brothers Stappies and Koot Cordier challenge me to a shooting competition. The target was a brown stone on a brown field about 50 metres away. As prize they put up a watermelon and I a couple of cans of beer. Gamkasfloof, Cape Province (Western Cape) (3_D8853), Dec 1967 Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper approx. 30 x 40cm
The Thinking Stone, 32 tons of granite sculpted by Willem Boshoff. One of a number of artworks commissioned by the university after some Afrikaner male students were alleged to have urinated into the food of some black workers. This 'sculpture-on-the-campus' project was undertaken in the hope that it would "promote greater respect for cultural differences and would instill a sense of belonging in staff and students". University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. 14 March 2013 (4_A1181), 2013 Silver gelatin on fiber based paper, backed onto dibond approx. 98 x 120 cm
This monument, covering what was Freedom Square, commemorates the Congress of the People in 1955. Costing R160 million it has a hotel, conference centre, auditorium , galleries, shops, museum, plaza for informal traders, conical tower in which the Freedom Charter is displayed. The community of Kliptown in whose midst it was built, were not consulted. Most of the facilities are hardly used. Fearing that tourists might confuse Freedom Park, Pretoria with Freedom Square, Kiptown, the branding experts named it instead, the Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication. Sisulu had very little to do with this place. Kliptown, Soweto, 22 June 2006 (4_9875), 2005 Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper
A Transkei family in their shelter, KTC squatter camp. The framework was made of strips of Port Jackson bush. For privacy black plastic sheets were used around the lower part of the shelter. For light, translucent plastic was used on the dome. Cape Town, September 1984 (2_31179), 1984 Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper approx. 30 x 40cm
5:40 am: after arrival at the Marabastad terminal in Pretoria, many of the passengers from the Wolwekraal bus join others to line up for local buses that will take them to work in the suburbs and industrial areas of the city. Some will travel for another hour. (3_G5301), 1983 Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper approx. 30 x 40cm
Monument to the Cradock Four, who, while travelling from Port Elizabeth to Cradock, were abducted here by Security Policemen, then assaulted, assassinated and their bodies burnt on 27 June 1985. Vulindela Housing Estate, Coega, Port Elizabeth. 21 December 2014 (4_A1265), 2014 Silver gelatin on fibre based paper- dibonded A0
A consultation under a maroela tree between the Mohlohlo farming community and their lawyers, Richard Spoor and Steven Goldblatt, to discuss attempts by the Anglo American Corporation to force the community off their land to make room for a platinum mine. Mokopane, Limpopo Province. May-June 2006 (4_9862), 2006 Digital print in pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper- Dibonded A0
Refugees from Zimbabwe and refugees from violent acts of xenophobia on the Witwatersrand, sheltering in the Central Methodist Church, Kerk Street, Johannesburg. 22 March 2009. (4_A00482/4_A0469/ 4_A0482), 2009 Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper, backed onto dibond A0 98 x 120cm
Built in 2013: The Zulu side of a Bridge of Reconciliation between the Voortrekkers and the Zulus at the Nkome or Blood River. This is the Zulu side of the bridge. The Voortrekker side is usually locked for lack of funds to fence it against unpaid entrance to the site. Blood River,KwaZulu Natal, 24 January 2015 (NK3_1667), 2015 Silver gelatin on fibre based paper - dibonded A0
The City, The Firewalker and the aftermath of copper cable theft. Queen Elizabeth bridge, Johannesburg, 29 December 2011 The 11 metre sculpture by William Kentridge and Gerhard Marx depicts one oof the women often seen on Joburg streets carrying a brazier with live coals on her head. She will set iyt up on a city sidewalk where she will roast yellow mielies or sheep's heads for sale to passerby. The scattered paving stones result from an electric cable connecting these lampposts being tired to a rope hitched to the back of a bakkie which then ripped the cable out of the ground for the theft of its copper wire. (4_A0821), 2011 Demonstration print / Exhibition print / Silver gelatin on fibre based paper Approx (A0) 86 x 110cm / Approx 42 x 53cm
The monument at left celebrates the fifth anniversary of the Republic of South Africa. The one at right is to J G Strijdom, militant protagonist of White supremacy and of an Afrikaner republic, who died in 1958. At rear is the headquarters building of Volkskas (‘The People’s Bank’) founded in 1934 to mobilise Afrikaner capital and to break the monopoly of the ‘English’ banks. Pretoria, 25 April 1982. (4_2835), 1982 Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper A2
Factories and worker's housing. Substantial inducements were offered to industrialists to set up plants in the Bantustans. Butterworth was at that time one of the more successful of these areas. Butterworth, Transkei. (2_23886), 1975 Carbon Ink on Hahnemuhle 315gsm Image: 29.9 x 29.9 cm
Berg-en-Dal Monument. Commemorated are 60 men of the South African Republic Police who died here in a bitter battle against overwhelming British forces in the South African War 1899-1902. The sarcophagus holds their bones. Dalmanutha, Mpumalanga. December 1983 (4_8119), 1983 Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper, backed onto dibond Work: 85 x 68 cm
Freedom Square: here, in the time of apartheid, on 26 June 1955, under harassment by the police, some 3000 people of all races, from all over South Africa, gathered in a Congress of the People and adopted the Freedom Charter, a template for the governance of a non-racial, democratic South Africa. The Charter became the basis of South Africa’s democratic constitution. Kliptown, Soweto, Johannesburg. 10 December 2003 (4_9056), 2003 Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper
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In this 2015 retrospective exhibition, curator Neil Dundas of the Goodman Gallery took the opportunity “to examine how Goldblatt’s life’s work has explored and expressed the values of South Africa and its peoples”. The Pursuit of Values included photographs from Goldblatt’s twin projects, South Africa – The Structure of Things Then and Structures of Dominion and Democracy, as well as a number of images that had not previously been exhibited or published.
For almost seven decades, Goldblatt has been paying fastidious attention to South Africans: their individual stories and collective histories, their homes, their journeys, their workplaces. While he never shied away from the grim realities of apartheid – on the contrary, he captured these on film so that they could become more widely known – Goldblatt also sought and found moments of redemption, sympathy and even humour. Over the last twenty years his camera has been trained on the paradoxes of development and decay, liberty and instability, opportunity and chaos in post-apartheid (or, as some have described it, “neo-apartheid”) South Africa.
The Pursuit of Values was exhibited at at the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg from 21 October to 5 December, 2015.
David Goldblatt (b.1930, Randfontein, South Africa) chronicled the structures, people and landscapes of his country from 1948 – through the rise of Afrikaner Nationalism, the apartheid regime and into the democratic era – until his death in June 2018. Goldblatt’s photography examines how South Africans have expressed their values through the structures, physical and ideological, that they have built. In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. In 1998 he was the first South African to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2001, a retrospective of his work, David Goldblatt Fifty-One Years began a tour of galleries and museums. He was one of the few South African artists to exhibit at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. He has held solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum and the New Museum, both in New York. His work was included in the exhibition ILLUMInations at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, and has featured on shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Barbican Centre in London and in 2018, a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Goldblatt is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad award, the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, the 2013 ICP Infinity Award and in 2016, he was awarded the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of France.