Drawing on research for his well-received photobook exhibition at Cape Town’s A4 Arts Foundation in 2022, art writer Sean will discuss Ernest Cole’s much-admired photobook, House of Bondage.
Published in exile in 1967 and
banned from distribution in South Africa the following year, Cole’s book of 183 photos was a talismanic document for artists and activists. Newly reissued in 2022, it is hailed as ‘one of the most significant landmarks in South African photography’. This talk will look at the cultural context of apartheid censorship when House of Bondage
first appeared, as well as its recovery and current acclaim.