Current Exhibition on at the D6M Homecoming Centre

by | 7 Feb 2015 | APARTHEID, Photographic exhibition, Siona O'Connell


Cape Town Remembers differently

An exhibition of ‘Movie Snaps’ street photographs curated by Siona O’Connell

On the 31st of January Dr Siona O’Connell’s Movie Snaps: Cape Town Remembers Differently exhibition was opened at the District Six Museum’s Homecoming Centre. It was opened to the public  by Professor Brian O’Connell, former rector of the University of the Western Cape.
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.”

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From 31st January to 28th February 2015

Open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 3.30pm

Free entrance

D6M Homecoming Centre

15 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town