MARIKANA MOMENT: SCENES FROM A STRUGGLE 1652-2013

CompanyPRIVATE
PhotographerROELOF PETRUS VAN WYK
Entry Description

On 16 August 2012, 34 Striking Miners were killed by the police on public land between a hillock, Wonderkop, and the buildings of a Platinum Mining company, Lonmin Plc. How does one photograph this event without showing the dead or poor and disenfranchised black bodies? What can the landscape tell us about the history, the people and what lies beneath the crust of the earth? Both the precious minerals and the precious bones and spirits of the ancestors are breathing and beckoning to be released, to have a chance to tell their histories. This is the Marikana Moment, the moment when the power of the people destabilised centuries of African Struggle.

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