The Cordoned Heart

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Cordoned Heart (Editor and Curator, Omar Badsha). This collection of images were taken by 28 photographers for the Second Carnegie Inquiry into Poverty and Development in 1983. The exhibition toured South Africa and different parts of the world. In many ways it was something like The Farm Security Administration Project that took place in USA in the 1930s. The photographic essays explored, as the book suggested, ‘beyond the cordon thrown by the apartheid state into the heart of this complex and deeply troubled society.’ It was, at the time, the largest documentary project that examined poverty and development in South Africa and has become a milestone in the visual history of our country. The full physical collection is housed in Special Collections, UCT Libraries and this selection here is what appeared in the book.


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