Liliesleaf Farm from the series Landscapes from Nelson Mandela's South Africa
Archival pigment print photograph
17x22", produced in an open edition.
Signed by the artist.
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The artist states, This image is from the long-term project, "Forgiveness and Conflict: Lessons from Africa". It comes from "Chapter Five: Landscapes from Nelson Mandela's South Africa." It was created during my year as a Guggenheim Fellow in Photography. Liliesleaf Farm, Johannesburg, Gauteng. In the early 1960s, Liliesleaf Farm was secretly used by members of the African National Congress, including Nelson Mandela, who lived at the farm under the assumed name of David Motsamayi, as a worker in blue overalls employed by the owner to look after the farm. In a crushing blow for the ANC and its armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe, South African security forces raided the farm on July 11, 1963, capturing 19 members of the underground as they were meeting to plan attacks on the government. The raid led to the Rivonia Trial (named after the neighborhood in which Liliesleaf stands), in which ten leaders of the ANC were tried for 221 acts of sabotage, which the government said were designed to "foment violent revolution." Mandela was among those sentenced to life in prison; he was sent to Robben Island, where he served 18 of his 27 years in captivity. Today, the farm is a national museum, dedicated to keeping awareness of the early liberation struggle alive."
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