The Indian in DRUM magazine in the 1950s

  • Location: South African National Gallery
  • From: August 14, 2011     To: August 14, 2011
The Indian in DRUM magazine in the 1950s

This exhibition, curated by Riason Naidoo, focuses on the representation of the Indian community in South Africa. Indians arrived as indentured labourers between 1860 and 1917 to work on the sugar cane fields. This show reveals identities that have been suppressed in official and popular presentations of this community, via the DRUM magazine archives from the 1950s. The photographs give glimpses of an ‘Indian underworld’ – shantytowns, bohemian jazz clubs and movie houses, cosmopolitan political activists, masculine identities and notions of ‘modern Indian’ women. It acknowledges previously unknown South African photographers, such as Ranjith Kally and GR Naidoo, who were based at DRUM’s Durban office.


Joe Dolby
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