Twenty Years of Democracy

The Gallery collection features many art works relevant to what has transpired in South Africa during the past twenty years. Acquisitions since 1993 address various themes: politics, social issues, urban/rural landscape, images of the ‘other’, and traditional/contemporary craft. The Gallery has planned an exciting exhibition which will pose questions and assist viewers to review the past twenty years and provoke discussion about positive aspects of change – and challenges our country still faces.

Progress Matubaku, Something for Growth, mixed media

Progress Matubaku, Something for Growth, mixed media

A good starting point for reflection is Progress Matubaku’s painting, Something for Growth. Using an iconic photograph from the 1976 student riots in Soweto, the new dispensation is packaged and delicately cushioned in the South African flag. Black cherubs attempt to fix a blank canvas in place, representing our fledgling democracy. Curtains are drawn back and chained, perhaps suggesting that there is no going back.

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