BINNEGOED: Coloured & South African Photography
1. Innards or intestines.
2. Euphemism for courage.
3. Way of being on the inside that is both vital and entangled.
South Africa during Apartheid is revisited here through the work of sixteen photographers who lived and worked during this period of legalized racial segregation. BINNEGOED: Coloured & South African Photography reflects on the country’s history of race classification to consider what it meant to be neither Black nor White, but classified as Coloured even a century before Apartheid began. With archival photography, BINNEGOED makes visible these small Coloured histories that, while marginal to the story of South Africa today, are rooted deep within the country and its body politic.
Drawn from collections held in Duke University’s Archive of Documentary Arts at the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, including the South Africa Documentary Photographs Collection, BINNEGOED exhibits the work of some photographers who came of age during Apartheid defiance. They include photographers like Cedric Nunn, Paul Alberts, Gideon Mendel, Zubeida Vallie, George Hallett, Paul Weinberg, and Bee Berman.
BINNEGOED: Coloured & South African Photography is curated by Candice Jansen, 2014–15 exhibitions intern at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. Jansen is also a new Ph.D. fellow and an Archibald Mafeje Scholar at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) in Johannesburg, South Africa.