Sunday, 30 September 2012

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life . New York International Center of Photography 14/09-06/01/2013

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life September 14th until 6th of January 2013

Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life is a photographic exhibition examining the legacy of the apartheid system and how it penetrated even the most mundane aspects of social existence in South Africa, from housing, public amenities, and transportation to education, tourism, religion, and businesses. Complex, vivid, evocative, and dramatic, it includes nearly 500 photographs, films, books, magazines, newspapers, and assorted archival documents and covers more than 60 years of powerful photographic and visual production that forms part of the historical record of South Africa. Several photographic strategies, from documentary to reportage, social documentary to the photo essay, were each adopted to examine the effects and after-effects of apartheid's political, social, economic, and cultural legacy. Curated by Okwui Enwezor with Rory Bester, the exhibition proposes a complex understanding of photography and the aesthetic power of the documentary form and honors the exceptional achievement of South African photographers.

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The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world's leading institution dedicated to the practice and understanding of photography in all its forms. Through our exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach, we offer an open forum for dialogue about the role images play in our culture. ICP was founded in 1974 by Cornell Capa (1918–2008) as a tribute to his brother, legendary war photographer Robert Capa. Since our founding, we have presented more than 500 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes, providing instruction at every level. ICP is a center where photographers can connect to create, understand, and experience photography and where students, educators, and researchers can take advantage of our comprehensive resources and extensive collections.

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