A photographic exhibition of the ANC in exile in Tanzania and Zambia opened at the Michaelis Gallery, UCT Hiddingh Campus, 31-37 Orange Street Cape Town on Thursday, 12th May 2016 at 18h00. It will run until the 30th of May 2016.

The exhibition has been conceptualised and curated by UCT academic Dr Siona O’Connell, Director of the Centre for Curating the Archive at the University of Cape Town (UCT), and exhibits for the first time images from award-winning reportage photographer, Laurie Sparham.

PROMISES AND LIES: THE ANC IN EXILE investigates the historical and contemporary meanings of the ANC in exile by taking Sparham’s images as a starting point. O’Connell opens a set of questions on democratic 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. The exhibition is made up of 80 photographs, text and archived film footage including that of Oliver Tambo, Chris Hani, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.