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Tuesday, October 17, 2017


Collaboration is the buzzword at the Market Theatre Foundation and now the Market Theatre and Nelson Mandela Foundation have brokered a new partnership.

A new partnership at the Market Photo Workshop will reinforce its reputation as a leader in South African photography when the Market Theatre Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation sign a memorandum of understanding to place the valuable collection Between States of Emergency in the custody of the Market Photo Workshop. The photographs in this exhibition were created in the years between July 21 1985, when the State of Emergency was declared, until June 7 1990 when it was lifted in three of the then-four provinces of the Republic of South Africa. In the remaining province of Natal, the State of Emergency was lifted on October 18, 1990. Thus, the date on which this collection of work will be handed over also marks 27 years since this event.

The images emphasize the critical role that photography and photographers played in the fight against apartheid and its unjust systems. The images became the communicator to the rest of the world about the plight of South Africans living under the country’s oppressive laws.

The exhibition is made up of works by the following photographers: Anna Zieminski, Guy Tillim, Joe Alfers, Gille de Vlieg, Chris Ledochowski, Juda Ngwenya, Ismail Lagardien, Jenny Altschuler, Jillian Edelstein, Ellen Elmendorp, Greg English, Louise Gubb, Hetty Zantman, Zubeida Vallie, Trevor Samson, Lesley Lawson, Eric Miller, Deseni Soobben, Steve Hilton-Barber, Mike Hutchings, Jenny Gordon, Walter Dhladhla, Billy Paddock, Peter Magubane. The exhibition itself was curated by renowned photojournalist Robin Comley.

“The Market Photo Workshop’s custodianship of this photographic exhibition will be an important supplement to our curriculum, training and reference resources. It will also add an important dynamic to our public programming activities towards curating exhibitions and public engagement sessions that integrate and engage works produced pre-freedom and post-freedom to better understand and appreciate the shifts within the photography landscape of South Africa,” said Lekgetho Makola, the Head of the Market Photo Workshop.

The MOU also marks the first collaboration between the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Market Theatre Foundation since Ismail Mahomed has taken up his tenure as CEO.

“Like the rich legacy of productions that have been presented on the stages of the Market Theatre this photographic exhibition also represents an important period of the cultural practice in South Africa. We are honoured that the Nelson Mandela Foundation recognizes and trusts our efforts, our integrity and our capacity to tell South African stories through words and images,” said Ismail Mahomed, CEO of the Market Theatre Foundation.

The signing of the MOU between the Market Theatre Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation will take place at the Market Photo Workshop on October 18.

For further information, contact Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist, Market Theatre, on 011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867 or email: