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Traveling Exhibition

  • Eli Weinberg, Crowd near the Drill Hall on the opening day of the Treason Trial, December 19, 1956. Times Media Collection, Museum Africa, Johannesburg.
  • Graeme Williams, Portrait of Nelson Mandela painted on the grass of Soweto's largest football stadium during an election rally, 1994. Courtesy the artist. © Graeme Williams.
  • Jodi Bieber, Protest against Chris Hani’s assassination, 1993. © Goodman Gallery Johannesburg.
  • Graeme Williams, Right-wing groups gather in Pretoria's Church Square to voice their anger at the F. W. de Klerk government's attempts to transform the country, 1990. Courtesy the artist. © Graeme Williams.
  • Jurgen Schadeberg, The 29 ANC Women’s League women are being arrested by the police for demonstrating against the permit laws, which prohibited them from entering townships without a permit, 26th August 1952. Courtesy the artist.

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life is a photographic exhibition examining 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.

Content: Over 400 framed works, 110 unframed works, 24 films (projections and slideshows), 80 magazines/books/ephemera, 5 iPads

For information about this traveling exhibition, please contact [email protected] or 212.857.9738.

Tour Venues

Haus der Kunst | Munich, Germany | February 15–May 26, 2013

Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea | Milan, Italy
July 9–September 15, 2013

Museum Africa | Johannesburg, South Africa
February 12–June 29, 2014
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