Apartheid Street Body
Kim Berman (South African, b. 1960)
MediumMonoprint on handmade paper
DimensionsPlate : 4 x 8 7/8 in. (10.16 x 22.54 cm)
Sheet : 9 x 11 1/2 in. (22.86 x 29.21 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelApartheid was a government-mandated system of racial segregation that existed in South Africa from 1948 to 1994. The apartheid system was aimed at preserving the power of South Africa's minority white population by imposing restrictions on housing, education, employment, health care, political activities and social interactions for the country's non-white citizens. Apartheid was strongly opposed by most of South Africa's Black, Asian and mixed-race population along with a much smaller percentage of the white population. Resistance to Apartheid was manifested in periodic labor strikes, consumer boycotts and protest rallies that were sometimes suppressed with lethal force by the South African government. This haunting image of a dead Apartheid protester lying in the street was created in 1984 by Kim Berman, a white South African artist who opposed Apartheid and has a long history of using art to advocate for racial, gender and economic justice.