Artwork of the Week – Ian Berry

Liverpool artwork of the week 2011-16. An impromptu pavement dance. Johannesburg, 1961 © Ian Berry/Magnum Photos in “Living Apart: photographs of apartheid by Ian Berry” at The International Slavery Museum 8 April – 6 November 2011.

In 1960 the African National Congress (ANC) and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) were banned. The ANC formed a military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation). Nelson Mandela, as chief-of-staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, started a sabotage campaign in December 1961. Two years later the ANC headquarters, on a farm at Rivonia, were raided and members arrested. The resulting Rivonia Trial banished several ANC leaders to life imprisonment on Robben Island, including Mandela. Both organisations were forced underground.

Opposition in South Africa continued from anti-apartheid leaders such as Bishop Desmond Tutu, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent struggle. Steve Biko, campaigning under the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM), was murdered in police custody in 1977. There was growing international pressure against apartheid, including a United Nations resolution, political and economic sanctions and a widespread boycott of South African sporting teams.

Text via ISM website

Living Apart: photographs of apartheid by Ian Berry. At the International Slavery Museum 8 April to 6 November 2011. Part of the Look11 photography festival. Free admission.

UPDATE: The Slavery Museum is on 3rd floor of the Maritime Museum BUT this exhibition is rather large and is in the 2nd floor gallery

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