MIORA RAJAONARY: I SEE YOU WITH MY HEART
I See You With My Heart: An Exhibition for the New South Africa by Miora Rajaonary, explores the myriad experiences of interracial couples in post-apartheid South Africa, and Guateng specifically. A Johannesburg-based interdisciplinary artist originally from Madagascar, her debut exhibition also showcases intimate portraits and audio interviews with interracial couples.
“Mixed relations embody the late former President and world icon Nelson Mandela’s visible legacy of integration and reconciliation. In 1950 the then government banned ‘sex between whites and all non-whites’ by amending an existing law called the Immorality Act of 1927. Interracial relationships remained illegal until 1985. Today, mixed couples no longer need to hide their relationships and South Africa is learning to live with them. The diversity of reactions faced by mixed couples when mentioning or showing the “nature” of their relationship illustrates the progress made and the challenges still faced by a society that is still healing the scars left by the apartheid system.”
After beginning with a two-week run in Johannesburg, the traveling exhibition heads to Alliance Francaise in Port Elizabeth from the July 16 to 28.
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