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Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life
Curated by: Rory Bester, Okwui Enwezor
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September 14th, 2012 - January 6th, 2013
September 14th, 2012 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Nelson Mandela, Treason Trial, Jurgen SchadebergJurgen Schadeberg, Nelson Mandela, Treason Trial,
© Courtesy of the artist & International Center of Photography (ICP)

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life is a photographic exhibition examining the legacy of the apartheid system and how it penetrated even the most mundane aspects of social existence in South Africa, from housing, public amenities, transportation, to education, tourism, religion, and businesses. Complex, vivid, evocative, and dramatic, it includes nearly 500 photographs, films, books, magazines, newspapers, and assorted archival documents and covers more than 60 years of powerful photographic and visual production that form part of the historical record of South Africa. Several photographic strategies, from documentary to reportage, social documentary to the photo essay, were each adopted to examine the effects and after-effects of apartheid's political, social, economic, and cultural legacy. Curated by Okwui Enwezor with Rory Bester, the exhibition proposes a complex understanding of photography and the aesthetic power of the documentary form and honors the exceptional achievement of South African photographers.

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