On Tuesday morning we were up bright and early to drive over to the Apartheid Museum for a meeting with Wayde Davy, the Deputy Director of the museum. After an insightful conversation with her (and a chance run in with another MSU study abroad program), we immersed ourselves in reading historical texts and watching archival films about the rise and fall of apartheid. Over lunch in the cafe we discussed how challenging it is for museums to decide what stories to tell when describing such complex social histories.
We spent the afternoon in the Maboneng neighborhood with a first stop at David Krut’s Projects space. In this active printmaking workshop, Jill Ross–the Workshop Manager–gave us a special tour of the current William Kentridge projects and described the collaborative process of printmaking, reminding us of the difference between a printer and a printmaker. Our second stop was to visit the I Was Shot in Joburg youth photography project where Pritchard Ndlovu described how he was one of the first young people to participate in the program is now managing the storefront, teaching new members, and starting a photography course in college. His excitement for the possibilities of photography reminded us of the many uses of art as a tool to impact society.