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Laying of hands, Johannesburg Soweto Line, 1986 © Santu Mofokeng

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Exhibition: 15 Feb – 28 Apr 2019

Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam

Keizersgracht 609
1017 DS Amsterdam

+31 (0)20-5516500


Sat-Wed 10-18 . Thu, Fri 10-21

This year marks the 25th anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections, followed by the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president in 1994. This historic event marked the end of apartheid: a regime of institutionalised racial segregation that was in effect from 1948 to 1991. South African photographer Santu Mofokeng (b. Newclare, 1956) documented the everyday lives of rural sharecroppers and of labourers in the townships. At a time when propaganda dominated the media, his images offer a more nuanced understanding of daily life under apartheid and after. Foam presents a major retrospective, consisting largely of previously unseen works from the photographer’s personal archives. Together, the images narrate how a rapidly changing political climate in South Africa affected daily life across the country.