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FACES OF THE MILL (article first published : 2004-08-16)

Produced by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand with Matutina Museum in Reunion, Faces of the Mill is an exhibition running at the Alliance Franšaise Gallery in Durban until September 30.

The Reunion sugar mill, Stella Matutina, closed its doors in 1979. That was the end of an era for everyone, for some the end of a life. In 1986, the Regional Council bought the mill and turned it into an agricultural and industrial museum which opened its doors in 1991.

At the same time the museum decided to pay tribute to its old workers. It offered them all a chance to have their pictures taken, either alone or with their families. This exhibition offers a glimpse of their lives as they saw them, as well as providing an understanding of the social history of Reunion in the 20th century.

The Alliance Franšaise de Durban is situated at 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, Durban. Phone 031 312 9582, fax 031 312 2864 or e-mail: afdbn@global.co.za or durban@alliance.org.za




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