The aim of this project is to examine photographs of the area of Mitchells Plain taken during Apartheid in South Africa. It seeks to analyze its content with a view to examine how Mitchells Plain was represented in the media during Apartheid by it residents in opposition to that taken and published by mainstream media. The main objective of this research is to challenge the visual history produced by the Apartheid government with that captured by the residence of the areas of Mitchells Plain. Ultimately, this project will fill the gap in literature about the area of Mitchells Plain, and will become groundwork for larger intellectual debates in South Africa. The focus will be on photography done on the area of Mitchells Plain. The research will focus mainly on photographs taken in mainstream media as opposed to that taken by the alternative press such as community newspapers and locals in the community.

The CHR in the time of a global pandemic

In line with protocols introduced by government towards the prevention and containment of the COVID-19 virus, the CHR suspended its public events, seminars, and general fellowship program until further notice.  We wish CHR fellows, students, artists, colleagues and friends, as well as our partners and funders in South Africa and across the world much strength and compassion in these difficult times.


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