On the 31st of January Dr Siona O’Connell’s Movie Snaps: Cape Town Remembers Differently exhibition will be opened at the District Six Museum’s Homecoming Centre. The exhibition uses street photographs taken by the Movie Snaps Studio in the Cape Town city centre both before and during the height of apartheid. These geographically specific embedded photographs depicted South Africans of all races in intimate situations. Thousands of these images were taken across several decades and are found in almost every home across the Cape Flats and Atlantis as well as in the homes of Jewish Capetonians on the Atlantic Seaboard. Dr O’Connell explains: “These pictures illustrate moments of ordinary living in extraordinary times”; yet until now their enormous value has been largely unrecognised. O’ Connell continues: “These photographs offer a counterpoint to the familiar narrative of apartheid’s series of carefully composed images of burning tires, mass protests and violence and urge a consideration of the afterlives of apartheid.”
Read an interview with Dr O’Connell in the Cape Towner here: A Future Remembered: An Interview with Dr Siona O’Connell about Movie Snaps. Cape Towner 15 January 2015
and a recent article in the Cape Times about Movie Snaps here: http://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/dust-off-favourite-photos-for-special-exhibition-1.1810501#.VMohUWSUfUB
Watch this short video to hear more about Movie Snaps from those who were photographed at the time.
The exhibition’s opening event is on the 31st of January at 11h00. It is open to the public and will be addressed by Professor Brian O’Connell, former rector of the University of the Western Cape.
The exhibition will be open from 31 January – 28 February 2015 on Monday – Saturday from 09h30 – 15h30.