I spent some time debating with myself over whether or not to create this second post.
One of the main reasons I started this blog was as a release from the stress and sadness my studies can induce, and to give myself a space dedicated entirely to aesthetics. However, as my course progresses I have begun to consolidate a belief that undertaking a degree in human rights entails a certain kind of world view, and it isn't one that you can just switch off. This is one of the reasons I have decided to share these photos.
When I was in Cape Town, I visited several memorial sites to shootings and killings that occured during the apartheid era. For me, these memorials present a deeply significant intersection between art and human rights, and between aesthetics and grave abuses.
The Gugulethu Seven memorial, in Gugulethu township - marking the spot where seven anti-apartheid activists were shot. There used to be plaques with names on, but these were no longer there, possibly stolen to be melted down for money. There was an intense tragic irony to this memorial - glossy marble next to shacks.
The Trojan Horse memorial in Athlone township - dedicated to the memory of three youths (aged 11, 15 and 21), and located at the sight of the ambush where they were killed by security forces. This monument was extremely moving in that it "fit" in its surroundings, and incorporated the original graffiti with the names of the victims.