While studying for my post graduate degree Political Science and International Politics [Honors / Masters] during 1969, we had access to an exclusive and locked library with books that were not generally available to students or the public. The majority of these books were communist and Marxist tomes. During the 1980’s when I taught Art and History of Art, books that told stories and facts about the Apartheid era of 1948 up still the 1980’s suddenly appeared on the public market and became available. Like for example: Lest We Forget by Philip Kgosana; Call Me Woman by Ellen Kuzwayo, In no uncertain Terms by Helen Suzman; The Foundations of the South African cheap Labour system by Norman Levy; Maids and Madams by Jacklyn Cock, etc. etc.
During the late 1960’s/1970’s I supported the Progressive Party whose leader Helen Suzman was the only representative in Parliament. Their fight was against the many draconian Apartheid Laws that were promulgated. Later I became a member of the Black Sash movement that was started by a group of Jewish women also in protest against Parliament changing the constitution and the Apartheid laws. When I painted during the 1980’s the series of paintings in this section of my work, I felt that too few people knew the true facts about what had so cleverly been hidden from the voting public, and which newspapers were not allowed to publish. Therefore, I felt driven to inscribe some of my paintings, all around, to form borders or frames. These inscriptions are imbedded with each of the relative paintings and can be opened up to read there.
PORTRAITS AND OBJECTS OF ‘THE OTHER’
Before listing the paintings with their relative information, I though, need to add the following to render a perspective on South Africa of today 2019. There are important factors that influence and impacted the situation today in South Africa: the Black people of SA, which numbers ± 50 mil, [without counting millions that have crossed illegally into SA from Africa since late 1980’s] – consisting of 11 main tribes – versus Europeans that are only ± 5 mil., is a situation that has been totally lost on people overseas that consistently criticized South Africa. The black people are uneducated in comparison to European or Eastern peoples; have a totally different world view and culture than that of Europeans. Mostly are pagans and support the belief of Forefather worship and Witch doctors. A democratic government system is totally foreign to their centuries old cultures. Those that fled SA during the Apartheid era, ended up in Russia, were fed Communist and Marxist ideology. They returned to SA after the ANC and Communist parties were unbanned in …….. The government and South Africa, a totally first world country with prime infrastructure, was literally handed over to these communist and socialist influenced Blacks on ‘a silver platter’ after the referendum held in 1992. A full analysis and discussion do not fit here, but suffice to say that after highly educated presidents Mandela and Mbeki, totally uneducated and rapacious leaders took over since ……. All the above have as a result the most vicious and barbaric attacks and murders, robberies and high-jackings committed against especially white people as well as the illogical & short sighted arson and destruction of their schools, busses, facilities etc. Whereas in 1978 $1 was equal to ZAR1, today 2020, the country rich with diamonds, gold, iron, coal, uranium, platinum, etc. has been plundered and is bankrupt and has been downgraded to Junk status March 2020.
Wherever I may be, I may see a figure which captured my attention because of the ethos he or she represented. And this again of course linked up with the information that I obtained from the material that I read and studied.
Facts regarding Apartheid: inscriptions on the borders of some Paintings