David Goldblatt (1930 - )
‘In commemoration of and protest against farm murders, Rietvlei, on the N1 near Polokwane. 19 June 2004’



archival pigment ink on cotton rag paper, 98 x 123.5cm

edition of 6

David Goldblatt will exhibit new colour photographs, part of his ongoing exploration of the intersections between people, values and land in post-apartheid South Africa, at Michael Stevenson in February 2005 to coincide with the Cape Town Month of Photography.

This image forms part of a series of photographs that Goldblatt has taken over the past few years recording the presence of public and private memorials across South Africa. Here he portrays crosses, placed on the ground in the overall form of a cross, on a hillside at Rietvlei, on the N1 highway near Polokwane. This memorial commemorates and protests against farm murders, and was erected on 16 June 2004 after the National Roads Agency ordered the removal of 1 500 crosses tied to farm fences along the N1 in the same area.

The image will be included in a forthcoming book, Intersections, which will be published by Prestel in mid-2005 to coincide with a solo exhibition at the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, Germany. Goldblatt’s previous book, Particulars, won the award for the best photography book at the Rencontres d’Arles festival, France, in September 2004, chosen from more than 250 entries from across the world.


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