Facing the Past: Seeking the Future - Reflections on a Decade of the Truth and Reconciliation Commis

  • Location: South African National Gallery
  • From: January 1, 2006     To: December 31, 2006
Facing the Past: Seeking the Future - Reflections on a Decade of the Truth and Reconciliation Commis
Paul Stopforth , 1945-, The Interrogators 1979. Mixed media on masonite

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was set up in 1995 to investigate human rights violations committed during the apartheid era. Its guiding principle was the promotion of reconciliation. 

The Commission started its hearings in 1996 and dealt with approximately 21 000 cases of torture and abuse. It is fitting that, a decade later, the achievements of the Commission are recognised and reflected upon. This exhibition does so in a direct and specific way in works such as Four Killed by Kitskonstabels, Grahamstown by Steve Hilton-Barber, The Death of Hector Petersen by Rose Kgoete, and Nineteen Boys Running by Kevin Brand. It also does so through works that deal symbolically with the turbulent events covered by the Commission, such as In Times of Sorrow by Kedibone Sarah Tabane and People’s Messenger by Zwelethu Mthethwa. But the exhibition also deals with works that look to the future, such as Unification by Vuyisani Mgijima and The Road to Democracy by Given Makhubele.

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