New exhibition at Luthuli Museum

Contemporary South Africa Fifteen Years after the Official End of Apartheid – Photographs by Cedric Nunn Exhibition opens at The Luthuli Museum, Friday, 5th February 2010 at 10am

“These photographs were commissioned for the Apartheid Archive Study Project and are a contemporary exploration of a society once subjected to racialised discrimination and inequitable development. Fifteen years after the birth of South Africa’s democracy, the effects of apartheid still run deep, and the gap that exists between rich and poor, which is racially biased, continues to widen. South Africa re-entered a world in which the economies of the wealthy nations were increasingly penetrating and affecting the localized economies of ‘developing’ nations; less powerful nations found themselves disadvantaged in the race for scare resources and unable to counter the rapacious needs of the larger, more powerful ones, even while having no option but to engage with them. It is in this context that the attempts to re-engineer the once divided state have taken place. The attempt at engaging global capital has resulted in very little ‘trickle down’ for those at the lower end of the spectrum in the economy. This, however, has not necessarily spelt a worsened situation for the poor, as their freedom now allows them to participate in improving their lot, unlike in the past, when innumerable barriers were placed in the way of their progress. The wealthy find themselves in a country no longer a pariah of the world, and in which they are able to continue to exploit cheap labour and abundant resources, so advancing their entrepreneurial projects. The middle classes and the poor are subjected to conditions in which the competition for scare resources result in rising prices and stagnating incomes, as well as rising unemployment. Overwhelmingly, the black poor find themselves disadvantaged by the past discrimination to which they were subjected, and face many difficulties in integrating into the new economy. Little, apart from BEE, has been done to rectify the skewed nature of access to resources and skills, which still abounds, and which encourages the perpetuation of the myth that people with paler skins are more endowed with ability than those with a higher proportion of melanin.”

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