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A Stygian Darkness: Destruction and Detritus in the South African Mining Industry

A photographic exhibition curated by Dr Siona O’Connell

This Friday, the 27th of May, an exhibition of photographs on destruction and detritus in the South African mining industry, curated by Dr Siona O’Connell, will open at the Centre for African Studies Gallery, UCT Upper Campus at 6pm.

The exhibition follows a day seminar hosted by UCT in collaboration with the Minerals to Metals initiative, to celebrate the launch of the South African Research Chair: Mineral Law in Africa. The topic of the seminar is: The Law’s Reponses to Mining and Waste.

As part of the event, the Chair invited photographic entries from across South Africa to respond to concerns related to this seminar, with the intention of making the impact and importance of this urgent field visible and felt through the creative endevour. Photographs included in the exhibition speak about the lives attached to the mining industry, and the exhibition aims to draw attention to the inescapable reality of the human cost paid by millions of South Africans, such as miners and their families.

Curator: Dr Siona O’Connell
Project Manager: Jade Nair
Date: Friday 27 May, 6pm
Venue: Centre for African Studies Gallery, UCT Upper Campus