Photographer: Unknown


Print Exchange: “Remembering 60 000 forced goodbyes”

As part of the Museum’s 2016 commemoration programme marking the declaration of District Six as a White Group Area on 11 February 1966, an exhibition entitled ‘Remembering 60 000 forced goodbyes’ was launched at the Museum in November of that year.

This exhibition was the culmination of an invitation extended to fifty local and international artists to participate in this process of producing prints to mark the commemoration. A print exchange portfolio was part of the exhibition-making process.  Peneria George of the department of Surface Design at the Peninsula University of Technology initiated this partnership with the District Six Museum.

Artists Participating in the Exchange

Michael Adashie, Kim Berman, Johann Booyens, Tinus Boshoff, Ben Botma, Julia Brewis, Walter Buchholz, Bev Butkow, Tatenda Chidora, Micah Chisholm, Alettia Vorster Chisin, Gabriel Clark-Brown, Jonathan Comerford, Rouxanne Dauncey, Lionel Davis, Jac de Villiers, Helena de Waal, Christiaan Diedericks, Johandi du Plessis, Garth Erasmus, Penny George, Isabelle Grobler, Pauline Gutter, Gerrit Hattingh, Stephen Inggs, Banele Khosa, Richard Kilpert, Ian Marley, Abe Mathebe, Sipho Mdanda, Lesego Motsiri, Vedant Nanackchand, Lucas Nkgweng, Nhlanhla Nhlapo, Vulindlela Nyoni, Sophie Peters, Ayesha Price, Makoba Ramarutha, Tina Ratzer, Mark Rautenbach, Elias Sewape, Edwine Simons, Tina Smith, Dominic Thorburn, Janet van Graan, Johan Verster, Diane Victor, Theo Paul Vorster, Donovan Ward, Manfred Zylla.

Extract from the Curator’s Note:

“A faculty board meeting held at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) made me aware that the land, on which the university is situated, was once the centre of District Six and the implications of forced removals under the Apartheid Group Areas Act which followed. This inspired me to embark on a print exchange reflecting this history and involving the District Six community and District Six Museum who often raise objections to the expansion of CPUT infrastructure which encroaches on the rights of former and current residents of this area.

A proposal presented to the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre resulted in a partnership project to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the declaration of District Six as a White Group Area under Apartheid in 1966 and the gradual forced removal of the entire community which followed. I wanted to emphasise the historic cultural mix of the area by inviting fifty local and international artists to participate in the compilation of a print exchange portfolio under the theme ‘Remembering 60 000 Forced Good-byes’. The exchange offered a unique opportunity to visually communicate the theme through various mediums and symbolises inclusiveness and a cultural exchange through creativity.

The concept of a print exchange is to swap artworks amongst artists.The artworks are editioned prints based on the number of participants. The prints are presented in a portfolio case which each participant and supporting organisation will receive. Generous support for this project was provided by Sanlam, Business Arts South Africa, the Cape Peninsula University, of Technology, Meltt Pty Ltd and the District Six Museum. Jonathan Comerford of Hard Ground Printmakers sponsored the use of his printing press and his technical skills by installing a temporary printing studio in the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre facilitating the editioning of prints by artists who did not have access to printing facilities. George Wentzel offered his expertise in constructing the portfolio boxes and Wizardz Print & Design supported the printing of the accompanying catalogue.”

Peneria George Cape Town October 2016