The Lines That Divided Us, Defined Us.

The Lines That Divided Us, Defined Us.

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297 x 420mm
Watercolour on Paper


This is a watercolour of my grandfather as a young man. Behind is a map of Cape Town during Apartheid where the city was divided into racial designations under the Group Areas Act which came into effect in 1950. My grandfather has told me often of the story that he used to go to school and live in a suburb called Claremont, close in the middle of the city until the area was rezoned a Whites Only area. He then had to move with his family to an area for non-whites called Zonnebloem which was also known as District 6. This area holds a cultural significance for many Coloured South Africans and other non-white peoples as it was a place of great cross cultural connection and solidarity. In 1966, District 6 was rezoned to Whites Only (due to its prime land value) and all residents were displaced. My grandfather and his family lived in Athlone a coloured designated area and settled. My grandfather then raised his own family in a neighbouring coloured area called Vanguard Estate years later.