Willie Bester (South African, born 1956) The clearance of William Street, District Six
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Willie Bester (South African, born 1956) The clearance of William Street, District Six
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Willie Bester (South African, born 1956)
The clearance of William Street, District Six
signed 'W BESTER' (lower left)
mixed media
49 x 59cm (19 1/4 x 23 1/4in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Baxter Gallery, Cape Town, circa 1989.

    As a young boy, Bester's Coloured family were forced to leave their farm and move to a homeland under the Group Areas Act, a law enacted by the National Party government under the apartheid regime, to define and enforce segregation. Under the same Act, on 11 February 1966, the government declared District Six, a vibrant residential area of Cape Town and home to over 60,000 Cape Malays, coloureds, blacks, whites and Asian people, a whites-only area. Residents were forcibly removed and relocated; their houses were bulldozed.

    "I was angry...so I used my work as a tool against apartheid. I didn't care if it matched your curtains or not. My art was a chance to be heard."

    (The artist, as quoted in C. Spring, Angaza Afrika exhibition catalogue, pg. 62.)
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