Dr. Neil Aggett

A work made of screenprint in black and red on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of screenprint in black and red on white wove paper.

Date:

1982

Artist:

Judy A. Seidman
American, born 1951, active in Botswana and South Africa

About this artwork

This Medu broadside calls for avenging the death of labor organizer Dr. Neil Aggett. An organizer for the Food and Canning Workers Union, Aggett was detained by South African police on November 17, 1981. During his 70 days in detention, Aggett was repeatedly interrogated and tortured. On February 5, 1982, he was found dead in his prison cell, allegedly having hanged himself. Aggett’s death catalyzed a nationwide work stoppage and international condemnation—a level of protest unprecedented since the founder of the Black Consciousness movement, Steve Biko, died in detention in 1977. Twenty thousand people attended Aggett’s funeral.

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Artist

Judy Ann Seidman

Title

Dr. Neil Aggett

Origin

South Africa

Date

1982

Medium

Screenprint in black and red on white wove paper

Dimensions

610 × 430 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Artworkers Retirement Society

Reference Number

2018.454

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