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Promises and Lies: The ANC in Exile

Barnabas Ticha Muvhuti on Siona O’Connell’s recent exhibition Promises and Lies
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 12:30

‘Promises and Lies: The ANC in Exile’ was recently exhibited at the Michaelis Gallery at UCT’s Hiddingh Campus. The exhibition was conceptualized and curated by UCT academic and curator Dr Siona O’Connell, Director of the CCA, and exhibits, for the first time, images from award-winning reportage photographer, Laurie Sparham. The photographs were taken in Tanzania and Zambia around 1989/90.

Promises and Lies: The ANC in Exile Virtual Tour
Monday, May 23, 2016 - 12:30

A Virtual Tour of the Promises and Lies: The ANC in exile exhibition has been created. Explore the exhibition, and Laurie Sparham’s previously unseen photographs of the ANC in exile (1989-90),

eNCA and Expresso Show features on Dr O’Connell’s curated exhibition Promises and Lies: The ANC in Exile
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 12:30

Dr Siona O’Connell discusses Promises and Lies: The ANC in Exile on the Expresso Morning Show. Dr O’Connell speaks of why she chose such a provocative title for the exhibition; her choice to have this exhibition now in an election year and how she believes change in the ANC is necessary.

Ivan Pillay’s speech at the Promises and Lies: The ANC in Exile exhibition opening
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 12:30

On Thursday, 12 May, Dr Siona O’Connell’s curated exhibition of Laurie Sparham’s photographs of the ANC in exile (1989-1990, a turning point in South African history) opened at the Michaelis Galleries. This exhibition marks the first viewing of these images by award-winning reportage photographer, Laurie Sparham. O’Connell uses these photographs to open a set of questions on contemporary South Africa  against the backdrop of the Freedom Charter to offer an opportunity to think about the growing chasm between the promise of freedom then and the reality of a contemporary moment marked by crisis and failure.

ANC womens leagueInterview on Siona O’Connell’s curated exhibition Promises and Lies
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 12:30

Siona O’Connell’s curated exhibition Promises and Lies, a photographic exhibition of the ANC in exile in Tanzania and Zambia, opens tomorrow. The CCA, in preparation for this, interviewed her project manager, Jade Nair, on the exhibition.

ANC hopes and dreams laid waste as SA emerges as mockery of itself Ashraf Jamal on the ‘Promises and Lies’ Exhibition
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 12:30

I HAVE written many art reviews, but never have I thought to reflect upon what an “exhibition” means. My decision to do so now stems from a visit to the Michaelis Gallery the other day, where a collection of photographs and a short film, entitled Promises and Lies, is on display.

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