Migrant Family Life in South Africa

CCAC #: 0608
Artwork title: Migrant Family Life in South Africa
Artist(s): Nhlanhla Xaba
Year made: 1996
Artwork type: Paper
Medium: Linocut on paper
Dimensions (mm): 452 x 304
Framed dimensions (in mm): 720 x 525 x 40
Edition: 44/50
Artwork series: Images of Human Rights print portfolio
Source: Donated by the Artists for Human Rights Trust in 2021
Year acquired: 2021
Installation type: Movable artwork
Location area: On a travelling exhibition

In imagining what the right to privacy means and how it intersects with other rights, the artist explores the difficulties of overcrowded accommodation in South Africa, the lived reality for many people both during apartheid and today. Seen here, a couple shares bunk beds in a small room with another couple and their child. Disturbed in their sleep, they look at an uninvited spectator in the middle of the night.

Themes: Human Rights Day
Constitutional links: Right to privacy (section 14)

CCAC 434774

Photographer: Ben Law-Viljoen
Photo copyright: CCT

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