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Travelling exhibition arrives at UWC

Travelling exhibition arrives at UWC

The travelling exhibition – Signs of Solidarity – the Dutch against Apartheid, arrived at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on 2 March 2015. On Monday, 16 March the exhibition was officially opened at the UWC Main Library Atrium.

The exhibition commemorates the anti-apartheid protest initiative taken up by the Dutch people in aid of abolishing the apartheid regime in South Africa.

These young-activists’ protest actions endured throughout the years that South Africa was entrenched in Apartheid. Protest action in the form of boycotts, concerts and rallies were the order of the day. Their actions led them to gain support from many older citizens - as well as religious and governmental leaders - for the anti-apartheid campaign which was underway in South Africa.

In 1989, 50,000 people marched in an anti-apartheid protest in Amsterdam. The efforts of these activists marked the largest group protest to take place in the history of the Netherlands. The exhibition tells the story of Amsterdam’s activism against the apartheid regime through a wealth of visual material: photography, posters, documents and objects, digitally printed in an attractive design.

The exhibition presents material from mainly the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam (IISH).

An introduction to the exhibition was given by the Dutch Consul General, Ms Bonnie Horbach. Guest speakers included The honourable Judge Albie Sachs, and DR Marits van Bever Donker, a post-doctoral researcher at the UWC Centre for Humanities Research. The occasion was also marked by a poem reading by Diane Ferrus.

The exhibition was developed by ZAM, a non- profit venture based in Amsterdam. It was commissioned by the Dutch embassy in South Africa and the South African embassy in the Netherland’s, and was produced with the support of the IISH in Amsterdam.

The exhibition was put together by Paul Faber and designed by Dave Hope. Bart Luirink (ZAM) and Kier Schuringa IISH acted as the main advisors.

The exhibition tour commenced on 11 February 2015. On 11 March it was showcased at the Castle of Good Hope. After UWC, the exhibition will be showing at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn from 6 - 12 April 2015.