Beezy Bailey
Burning Tree

 

 

 

Brett Murray
'Memory' stickers
in three plastic basins

 

A Memory sticker on a sepia print
of District Six,
part of a row

 

Giant shards of blue and white
ceramic play with scale on a
bulldozed slope.

 

 

Sue Williamson's Viewsite: Horstley Street
A view of Horstley Street when it still
stood is engraved on the glass window,
superimposing it over the present view

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District Six Festival

The District Six Sculpture Festival opened on September 24 as part of an all day programme which for sheer spirit and elan far exceeded the expectations of its founders. Thousands came to enjoy the day, the music, the fresh dhanya chili bites, the entertainers and the offerings by more than 70 artists.

These ranged from organiser Kevin Brand's enormous cardboard sculpture of the famous seven steps to Mustafa Maluka's 'District Six' letters planted on the grassy slope above the Technicon, HOLLYWOOD sign style, claiming back the name for the land. Beezy Bailey painted an old tree in burning fluorescent colours - a highly effective and affecting symbol for the day. In a stand of three plastic basins, pale green stickers bearing the word 'Memory' were Brett Murray's initiative. Passers-by were invited to stick one to make a place of significance, and people did. Clive van den Berg's iconic fire drawings were lit soon after nightfall, and the slight southeaster fanned the flames into high ragged edges.

The sculptures will stand for as long as they can, till wind or vandals take their toll. Two weeks after the festival, the line of outsize washing strung from two tall trees, is still flapping in the wind.

 

 

 

One of the cubicles inthe Visitors Block on Robben Island

 

Lisa Brice
Prisoner No. 466/64 (detail)
Mixed Media

 

Willie Bester
Die Bybel
Mixed Media

 

Brett Murray
Guilt and Innocence: the Rivonia Years
Framed photographs

'Thirty Minutes' on Robben Island

An art exhibition planned to address aspects of the history of Robben Island, prison to South Africa's most famous political prisoners, will open on October 19 in the Vistors' Block. The show will be called Thirty Minutes, and participating artists will be Willie Bester, Kevin Brand, Lisa Brice, Lionel Davies, Tracey Derrick, Randolph Hartzenberg, Brett Murray, Malcolm Payne and Sue Williamson.

The Vistors' Block is a single-storey building which adjoins the harbour where the ferry docks. On embarking, visitors to prisoners on the island were led to a waiting room and at the appointed time, allowed thirty minutes of visiting time with their husbands or loved ones, These meetings, originally permitted only once a year, depending on the class of the detainee, took place in a narrow room consisting of ten cubicles, where visitors seated themselves in front of a small double glazed viewing window set in a wall. Prisoners were led to the other side of the glass, and the meeting commenced. Each cubicle was equipped with a crude intercom. Strict rules governed the content of the communication. The breaking of one of these rules could lead to the abrupt cessation of the visit.

Thirty Minutes, the exhibition of artists' works, will attempt to release the human and historical dimension resonant in these visitors cubicles and to evoke the experiences of prisoners and their visitors. Exhibition viewers will, as did the prison viewers, enter a booth, sit down on the small bench, and peer through the viewing window to see what is on the other side. The show will remain open for an extended period. A full colour catalogue with an introductory essay by Jeremy Cronin will be available.

... MWeb

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