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Friday, 07 April 2017

Print exchange remembers forced removals

REMEMBERING: Lecturer Penny George initiated the Remembering 60 000 Forced Goodbyes print exchange REMEMBERING: Lecturer Penny George initiated the Remembering 60 000 Forced Goodbyes print exchange

A project, which was initiated by a CPUT lecturer and focuses on the 50th commemoration of District Six being declared a whites-only area, continues to gain exposure.

Surface Design lecturer Penny George initiated a partnership with the District Six Museum, which saw 50 local and international artists participating in the compilation of a print exchange portfolio under the theme: Remembering 60 000 Forced Goodbyes.

Last year marked 50 years since the apartheid government declared District Six a white area under the Group Areas Act on 11 February 1966.

“I had previously done a print exchange and wanted to do one again. My colleague Micah Chisholm does a lot of community work with the District Six Homecoming Centre and we explained what the portfolio was about and we partnered with them on the project.”

George said support for the project was received from Sanlam, CPUT and a range of other sponsors.

The portfolio of 50 prints was exhibited at the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre in November and December 2016.

The portfolio was also exhibited during the recent Woordfees in Stellenbosch.

“One major outcome of doing a print exchange is that all the participating artists and all the supporting organisations each get a box of portfolios, containing all of the participating artists’ work. This means that each of the artists received all 50 prints.”

George said plans for more exhibitions of the portfolio were in the pipeline, including at international venues.

“The portfolio box is easy to send off and to exhibit at any gallery. There are many possibilities for this collection.”

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za