Rise and Fall of Apartheid exhibition celebrates 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy

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11 Feb 2014

The launch of Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life will be held in Johannesburg at Museum Africa on 12 February 2014. It takes an almost encyclopaedic view of apartheid through photography practices and represents the culmination of more than a decade of research supported by the International Centre of Photography in New York, which organized the exhibition. ‘Rise and Fall of Apartheid’ features the work of more than 70 South African photographers and artists, including over 800 images, 27 films, and a book.

The exhibition covers the period of apartheid history from 1948 until 1994 and is a fascinating visual story of interest to all South Africans. Its themes cover select historic milestones during the liberation struggle against apartheid. The photographs depict not only the violence, grief and protest but also show the eccentricity of power contrasting it with courage. Other aspects such as fashion and defiance during apartheid are also covered. The six-month long exhibition provides a platform for conversation about how far we have come and the road travelled. It also provokes interest in the photographers themselves.

The exhibition is brought to South Africa as part of the celebration of the 20 years of democracy spearheaded by the Department of Arts and Culture and is further supported by the City of Johannesburg, Museum Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, the European Union, the British Council, the French Institute of South Africa and many others.
Members of the media are invited to attend.

Details are as follows:

Media Preview
11 February 2014 at 15:30 for 16:00 at Museum Africa
Exhibition Launch
12 February 2014 at 18:00 at Museum Africa
Public Exhibition Duration
13 February 2014 – 29 June 2014
Open Tuesday to Sunday between 09:00 and 17:00
Enquiries : Mack Lewele 012 441 3084, 082 450 5076.