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RECLAMATIONS, A Virtual Exhibition

RECLAMATIONS revisits the longest running mentorship programme in the history of African photography that continues to support young photographers in realising visions that reflect both the aspirations and disquiet of their communities. Since 2008, the Tierney Fellowship in South Africa has been leading in the identification of emerging talent in contemporary photography.

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Black Men: Amateurs or Charlatans?

When Black men speak of systemic anti-Black racism, and some white person comes and says “no I’m not racist; I have Black friends or I have adopted Black kids,” we tell them off. Why? Because we firmly believe, and correctly so, that, “by virtue of their whiteness in this anti-Black world they are structurally privileged, it’s not about individuals and their so-called well-meaning gestures”

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The Fermentation of the June 16 Uprisings

As a matter of fact, it was Khaya’s political activity that landed Biko in trouble when the two were arrested at school and detained. I recall how Bra Bisto, as Khaya was known, related to us as AZASCO members in 1995 how happy he was when Biko was arrested. This was because Biko was indifferent to political activity until that arrest.

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Black to Reality

George Floyd. He cried, “mama!” as the white policeman, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck – and they say she died, two years ago to the day, that he himself is crying for his life to be spared. When his mother is not responding, George sighs his last breath, exiting the theatre of the living. I imagine Derek Chauvin saying, “Die, Nigga!”

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It’s A Coup – Concourt Hands Power to Capital

What is apparent is that there could be nervousness about many of the agreements made during Codesa negotiations. The storm which swept South Africa earlier in the year over FW de Klerk’s comments about apartheid showed that the ‘sunset clauses’, especially those relating to the protection of private property rights, have lived beyond their sell-by-date. These matters cover land, mines, banks, and monopoly industries, that is at least according to former Cosatu economist Prof. Chris Malikane. This is the ‘never-centre’ of what the South African economy is all about.

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Church-boy Heartbreak

So, on this night I let her in my bed and went to work, prying gently, loosening joints, stretching fingers, to find in her palm, her heart wrapped in a bible verse. John 4, the perfect psalm for the woman who has come to understand the secret pain of the Samaritan woman.

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My Pen Is Inside Feminism!

Since we agree that anti-blackness subsumes the entire Black race without taking cognisance of, inter alia, gender and class, how does Black feminism still privilege the discourse and gestures predicated on gender consciousness and not on Black consciousness?

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