This video is about apartheid era posters.
S Africa hunts for lost apartheid-era black art
South Africa is scouring the globe to recover lost works by black artists that depict the turbulent apartheid era, in a drive to educate young people about the struggle against white rule.
Vivid paintings of Zulu warriors and strife-torn black townships were shunned as too controversial, or simply too African, by mostly white South African art collectors under apartheid. Some were even banned.
But many paintings were quietly snapped up by foreign diplomats or visitors and spirited out of the country to adorn the walls of homes and boardrooms around the world.
The Ifa Lethu foundation, supported by the ministry of culture, is trying to bring those works back to South Africa to display them in a touring exhibition of schools and community centres.
“This is about inspiring South Africans and forcing both black and white to confront their past and to celebrate what we have been able to achieve despite all the pain,” Ifa Lethu chairwoman Mamphela Ramphele told Reuters at the project launch in Soweto.
The travelling exhibition is also meant to educate young South Africans about the country’s violent struggle against white rule and the sacrifices made by their parents’ generation.
“It is making people aware of who they are and where they come from,” said jazz maestro Hugh Masekela, who is backing the project.
“If you don’t know where you come from then you don’t know where you are going.”
The project first started when Australian diplomat Diane Johnstone donated a collection of 17 art works, amassed during a posting to South Africa in the violent 1970s, to the Pretoria Art Museum.
That inspired a wider hunt for similar works.
Anti apartheid art in the USA: here.
From the Google cache, 1/31/05:
South African artist’s work finally comes home
Feni is one of South Africa’s leading artists
January 31, 2005, 13:30
He is hailed as one of the biggest African artist of the twentieth century. Yet most of the late Dumile Feni’s art work that was done in exile and has not been seen by a South African audience. But that is changing.
An exhibition of more than 360 samples of Feni’s art work was opened last night at the Johannesburg Art Gallery. Private collectors and galleries in the USA and Europe contributed to make the exhibition possible. Many well known South Africans were there, not only to admire the work of an artist, but also to remember a friend.
This retrospective exhibition documents his work through four decades. Although he left the country in 1968, he remained an activist through his art. Feni died in 1991 in New York before he could return to his home country.
The exhibition will tour the country for the next year and a half.
A Few Words About the June 16th Soweto Student Uprising: here.