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POLITICS OF SPACE (article first published : 2001-09-18)

The Politics of Space : Apartheid Architecture, Urban Design and Spatial Policy

The exhibition will examine the use of architecture, urban design and spatial policy in the implementation of apartheid. Drawing on Foucault's writings and elaborations on Bentham's 'Panopticon' as a model for the organisation of the Apartheid city, the exhibition will demonstrate that in South Africa the control of the black majority was based on the same principles as the panopticon, which is 'the epitome of surveillance; a machine for controlling people, a laboratory of power'.

The exhibition will use text, documents, photographs and artefacts (including apartheid signs) to show the way in which apartheid was implemented, drawing mainly on the experience of Durban. The exhibition also will also examine the resistance to apartheid and the way in which the oppressed claimed spaces within the City to demonstrate their opposition to racist and oppressive laws.

The exhibition is expected to remain on view until the end of the year. More details from Lorelle Royeppen on (031) 311-2235 or e-mail: loreller@crsu.durban.gov.za




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