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Wednesday, June 22, 2022


The Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg has announced the forthcoming exhibition Insurrection – Resurrection.

“The insurrection of July 2021 left citizens of the city shocked and appalled by the rampage of theft and destruction which followed the insurrection. Nobody was left unaffected and each of us has a story to tell of the fear, anxiety and pain which resulted from this decline into anarchy. Jobs were lost, businesses destroyed, leaving shortages of food, and basic supplies for all of our citizens.”

In the wake of the mayhem, citizens banded together and took control to protect what was left. Communities protected their neighbourhoods and livelihoods if they could, people helped each other, fed the hungry, cleaned up the City and guarded unaffected shopping centres.

A year after the anarchy, the Tatham believe it is important to revisit this disaster and reflect on the fragility of our world, that can be destroyed at any moment.

In an attempt to heal the community, and acknowledge its resilience and intrinsic humanity, the Tatham Art Gallery is hosting a public participation exhibition where every person affected by the disaster of July 2021 was invited to participate and express their experience and fears, and their hopes for the future, through photographs, words, or poetry.

Insurrection – Resurrection will run in the Schreiner Gallery from July 10 to September 11, 2022.

The Tatham Art Gallery is situated opposite the Town Hall in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 10h00 to 17h00. Café Tatham is open on Saturdays. Safe parking with a car guard available. More information on 033 392 2801 or visit