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Maker(s):Goldblatt, David
Culture:South African (1930-2018)
Title:Stalled municipal housing scheme, Kwezi Naledi, Lady Grey, Eastern Cape. 5 August 2006
Date Made:2006
Materials:Color digital print on cotton rag paper
Place Made:Africa; South Africa; Johannesburg
Measurements:Frame: 48 1/4 in x 59 in x 3 in; 122.6 cm x 149.9 cm x 7.6 cm; Sheet: 44 in x 54 in; 111.8 cm x 137.2 cm; Image: 38 13/16 x 50 3/8 in; 98.6 x 128 cm
Narrative Inscription:  SIGNATURE/DATE/EDITION: recto, lwr. r. (graphite): David Goldblatt 5 August 2006. 9/10
Accession Number:  UM 2011.2
Credit Line:Gift of David Goldblatt
Museum Collection:  University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMASS Amherst

Rows of unfinished of roofless concrete houses in South Africa.

Label Text:
Excerpted label text from the Curatorial Fellowship exhibition “Eyes Are For Asking: Narratives in Photography,” March 24 – May 1, 2016:
David Goldblatt’s work highlights rural and suburban landscapes shaped by changing social conditions and racial politics in his native South Africa. His photographs often represent the human figure through absence or displacement. His documentary approach chronicles the effects of Apartheid by highlighting the landscape as both a symbol and artifact of oppression. This photograph depicts a vacant landscape marked with empty structures in various stages of construction—most mere fragments of a complicated intent. The houses were to accommodate people living in shacks; however, eight years after the municipality had approved the project, the efforts were stalled and the structures remained incomplete. Forever unbuilt, the deserted landscape stands in for the complex history of the site as well as its missing inhabitants. -Gretchen Halverson (M.A. Art History ‘16) and Procheta Mukherjee Olson (M.F.A. Studio Art ‘17)

architecture; landscapes; exterior; rural; houses; ruins; social commentary

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