The Art of Disruptions

  • From: June 16, 2016     To: October 23, 2016
The Art of Disruptions

Iziko South African National Gallery, 16 June -23 October 2016

This year, 2016, marks several keystones in the history of South Africa. The 60th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s March to Pretoria, the declaration of District Six as a ‘whites-only’ area in 1966, the 40th anniversary of the 1976 youth protests, , and the 1986 declaration of a state of emergency  by the South African government intended to repress and curb mass action.

This exhibition showcases a selection of works on paper by Gerard Sekoto that illustrate using startly vivid compositions the violent scenes of the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960, while a selection of never before seen second World War Russian revolutionary posters highlight the discontent of a bygone era. Fast forward to the present and the works by contemporary artists Lawrence Lemaoana, Sethembile Msezane, Dean Hutton and Haroon Gunn-Salie to name a few - provide a window into the contemporary realities of life within post-apartheid South Africa that comment on issues such as corruption, privilege, contested histories, racism and freedom.

The exhibition questions the role that art plays in ‘social activism’ and also explores the contribution of media and technology in expressions of freedom and justice (or the lack thereof).

The exhibition has been made possible with the generous support of Afronova and Iziko Museums of South Africa.  


Nhlanhla Benjamin Nsusha, ‘Amandla (Power)’ (1984)
Lithograph on paper
(Iziko Art Collections)

Gerard Sekoto, ‘The Sharpeville Massacre’ (1960)
Watercolour on paper
(Iziko Art Collections)

Gerald Machona, ‘Uri Afronaut’ (2012)
(Iziko Art Collections)

Victor Gordon, ‘Amandla – The Punch and Jury Show’ (1989)
Mixed Media
(Iziko Art Collections)

Fabrice Monteiro, ‘The Prophecy, Untitled #1’ (2014)
Photographic print
(On loan from Mariane Ibrahim Gallery)

Sethembile Msezane, ‘Chapungu - The Day Rhodes Fell’ (2015)
Photographic print
(On loan from the artist)

Lawrence Lemoana, ‘Our Freedom Can’t wait’
Fabric and embroidery
(On loan from Afronova)

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