Nina Simone, ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free’. Live at The Village Gate, 1970.
“What then, of my childhood, child of my child of my child? – Sindiwe Magona: To My Children’s Children (1990)
Forebears, ‘Against Time’ (2015), Then and Now: Eight South African Photographers (2007), The Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life (2013), and Apartheid and After (2014) show critical concern for apartheid’s end when the further in time we get from apartheid, the more South Africa resembles what apartheid looked like in photographs.
Ho tshepa ntshepedi ya bontshepe. RECLAMATIONS begins and ends. The first image in the sequence is of a child body, dressed in pink. The last image is of child who stands inside a yellow room. The ending echoes, Ho tshepa ntshepedi ya bontshepe. The school tie against a doorway in the frame. Suspended in air. Hanging like a promise. Education. Set us free.