Walkabout: ‘Brave New World’ …20 Years of Democracy
With Exhibition Curators, Ernestine White & Andrea Lewis
Venue: Iziko South African National Gallery
Date: Sunday, 7 September
Members R30, Non-Members R40, Students R20
After enduring centuries of physical and mental subjugation, South Africans claimed their hard-fought freedom on April 27th 1994 with the first-ever democratic election. This new-found liberty prompted a concerted effort to confront head-on the wrongs of the Apartheid past. The mission was to forge a collective conviction that would seal in ink the sentiments of the majority of South African people and be reflected in the new Constitution: The adoption of the Constitution in 1996 proposed a major political and social transformation of South African society. As early as 1990 the South African National Gallery began the process of transformation by reviewing its acquisitions policy. This revision gained major impetus with the release of Nelson Mandela. It paved the way for a pro-active approach in enriching its Permanent Collection by including works by individuals and communities that were previously marginalised.
Brave New World … 20 Years of Democracy presents a selection of works from the Permanent Collection acquired between 1994 and 2014. Consisting of a broad range of artistic disciplines these works are placed in conversation with one another to offer multi-layered insights into South Africa’s past and present. They serve as an important gauge to assess whether we are upholding the principles of democracy and the Constitution of this country.
Facing a brave new world, the first ten years of democracy saw artists take a critical look at issues like HIV, AIDS, unemployment, poverty, violence against women and children, crime, ethnicity and identity. Twenty years on artists continue to examine these topics alongside issues of sexuality, self-representation, the (re)writing of history, as well as the ownership and exploitation of land. The works within this exhibition invite the audience to witness and participate in the rich conversations that they provoke.What's on calendar