Shown for the first time in its entirety, ‘On the Mines’ is the last exhibition that David Goldblatt personally helped conceptualise before his death in 2018.
The photographer is known for his chronicling and documentation of South Africa through quiet observation. This series of eighty photographs of the gold mines and surrounding communities engages conceptually with mining’s pivotal significance as the driver of the South African economy in the 1960s and 1970s.
The series on exhibition was first published by Struik in 1973 with a telling text by Nadine Gordimer, who Goldblatt had deliberately sought out because of her similar experience of growing up on the East Rand of Gauteng surrounded by mines. Goldblatt appreciated Gordimer’s critical understanding of this context, including the hegemony that shaped people’s lives.
This exhibition at Norval Foundation offers his remarkable photographs in dialogue with the words of Nadine Gordimer, a Nobel Laureate, and his lifelong friend.
Venue: Norval Foundation Art Gallery, 4 Steenberg Rd, Steenberg Estate, Cape Town
Time: Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun: 10am to 6pm | Tues: Closed | Wed: 8am to 6pm | Sat: 10am to 8pm
Cost: General Admission R160 | Mon Free | U18s Free