Near the Station (Drum)

With Marguerite Stephens
Near the Station (Drum), 2016
Woven mohair tapestry
210 x 175 cm

Sam Nhlengethwa's tapestry forms part of a series of works which deal with memorialising past events that define and epitomise historical South African political discourses, in order to illustrate the underpinnings and foundations of present activist efforts. The series ultimately challenges South Africans to question and examine actions taken in the construction of their democracy. It depicts a cover of "Drum", the famous magazine that ran from 1951 and which was responsible for exploring the zeitgeist of the 1950s and 1960s. "Drum" has come to symbolise the sense of abandonment that Black Johannesburg denizens experienced at the height of apartheid, the ramifications of which can still be felt in the present. Underlying the images is the narrative of identity and citizenship articulated through dynamic ideas on belonging, equality and universality.

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