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Images from South Africa Collection

 Collection
Identifier: msc0789

Scope and Contents

The Images from South Africa collection consists of 1.5 linear feet and 1 oversize box of artwork and miscellanenous documentation concerning apartheid in South Africa and/or the various installations of the Images from South Africa exhibit. The names of artists, who contributed to the exhibit, are listed in alphabetical order. Their country of origin, and the titles, dates, and medium of their work are provided when known. Several artworks originally shown in this exhibit are now located in the Artifacts of the Eternal Network Collection. These works are noted.

Dates

  • 1980 -1988
  • 1985-1986

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

Biographical / Historical

The correspondence art exhibit Images from South Africa was first shown at the Media Gallery in San Francisco from April 18th - May 10th 1986 and was subsequently exhibited in various forms by galleries in the United States between 1986 and 1988. Approximately 250 artists from 33 countries participated in the exhibit. Its curators, Stephen Perkins, Bill Washburn, and Nathan Yrizarry issued the following statement concerning the exhibit: "Images from South Africa was initiated in response to the South African government's imposition of the 'state of emergency' in 1986, and more significantly to the banning of media images from the areas under the state of emergency. Since few or no images were coming out of these areas at this time, we conceived the show as a way of breaking this blockage of images and as a gesture of cultural solidarity with the peoples of South Africa fighting the apartheid regime. Events since that time have only served to confirm the thrust of the show."

Extent

1.50 linear feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Artwork and miscellaneous documentation concerning apartheid in South Africa and/or the various installations of the traveling exhibit Images from South Africa, first shown at the Media Gallery in San Francisco from April 18th - May 10th 1986.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Stephen Perkins in 1997.

Related Materials

Images from South Africa is a part of the Alternative Traditions in the Contemporary Arts Collection.
Author
D. Crites, 2005
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
eng

Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5921
319-335-5900 (Fax)