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THE POP-EDIT (article first published : 2000-06-9)

The NSA Galleries are currently hosting The Pop-Edit, an exhibition by South African photographer Steve Hilton-Barber on the walls of the gallery cafe. The exhibition is the result of a commission by the Maputo Corridor Company to create a series of photographic exhibitions, the aims of which were to popularise and assist the developing potential of the area while commenting and reflecting upon the various issues. Other objectives included producing a contemporary document on the people and communities that live and work on the corridor.

The exhibition has been seen in National Parliament in Cape Town, at the Riverside Mall in Nelspruit and at the Lebombo Border Post over the festive season of 98/99. It formed part of WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance) held for the first time in South Africa at Blue Gum Creek in Benoni. It was also displayed at Secunda, in Maputo, at the annual trade fair FACIM and at the Durban Art Gallery. Made up of approximately 250 colour images and mounted with important caption information and laminated for interaction- durability and portability, the exhibition offers a good educational tool as it is not dependent on literacy for its interpretation.

The photographs comment and reflect on the communities that live, love and work on the Maputo Corridor. The Maputo Corridor is about people from different countries, cultures, races, communities and experiences living in a region historically shaped by colonialism, apartheid, war and struggle. Despite the fact that ten years ago the region was still ravaged by war and violence, the region is driven by hope and love, resilience and respect.

The exhibition closes on June 22.




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