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This Is Our Land [Soweto]

A work made of color offset lithograph on white wove paper.

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  • A work made of color offset lithograph on white wove paper.




Thamsanqa (Thami) Mnyele (South African, 1948-1985)
Michael Kahn (South African, born 1948)
Gordon Metz (South African, born 1955)

About this artwork

These posters were conceived in response to protests that erupted on September 3, 1984, in South Africa’s Vaal Triangle region over rent increases proposed by local town councils. The protests ignited rent boycotts in predominantly black townships such as Alexandria, Soweto, and Tembisa. By withholding rent, protestors refused to finance their own segregation from city centers and their relegation to the meager “matchbox” homes imposed on them by the apartheid state.

After designing the poster, Medu printed it commercially as a template (above) so that the names of specific townships could be inscribed through screen printing, as in the “Soweto” poster.


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Thamsanqa (Thami) Mnyele


This Is Our Land [Soweto]


South Africa (Artist's nationality:)

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Color offset lithograph on white wove paper


45 × 58 cm (17 3/4 × 22 7/8 in.)

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Gift of Artworkers Retirement Society

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