Friday, 25 April 2014

The End of Apartheid Exhibition

Last night I felt very privileged to be invited to the preview/private party launch of Grant Fleming’s new exhibition, The End of Apartheid at Forge & Co in Shoreditch, East London.
          Grant, who I interviewed in PUSH NINE, had originally planned for the exhibition to run at The Strand. But due to a number of potential backers, who failed to back him, it all fell through. A depressing time but Grant is not one to bemoan ill fate for long and he licked his wounds quick and very soon he was on the case and the exhibition has now arrived in its intended month.
       The End of Apartheid is a truly superb piece of his work. Perhaps, his most important work to date as a photographer.
          While it was very cool last night associating socially with a large number of well know media figures, writers, musicians and actors, (the likes of Paul Weller, Sex Pistol Paul Cook and Martin Freeman were all in attendance), the whole point of the evening was Grant’s photography.
          In 1994, while on duty as official photographer of Primal Scream, he jumped out of their tour and onto a plane to cover the first free multi-racial elections in South Africa. And he has documented that important part of history with some breathtaking photography. I cannot do justice in words only to say that walking around the exhibition and taking in each photo, the human emotion smacks you in the face and heart. It is also fitting that this exhibition should be happening on the twentieth anniversary of those elections, where Nelson Mandela became President of a free from apartheid South Africa.
          If you go to only one exhibition this year, make it this one.
       The End of Apartheid exhibition runs from today until 16 May at Forge & Co, 154-158 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6HU. Monday - Sunday11am - 7pm and late night on Thursday's until 10pm.


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