South Africa's art world, a key force in the fight against apartheid

In the spring of 1994, apartheid ended in South Africa with the election of the African National Congress under Nelson Mandela's leadership. RFI interviews key activists three decades on.

For 40 years Neil Dundas served as a curator at the Goodman Gallery, which championed the work of both white and black South African artists during the darkest days of apartheid.

"Over time the arts community became aware of the shifts in the country. They started to get together," Dundas says. "That included people working in music, and even dance and sport."

Now semi-retired, he oversees the gallery's extensive archives of at its Johannesburg base. The gallery, which has expanded globally to include New York and London, continues to promote African artists.

Dundas reminisces about how painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, writers and photographers supported one another in their resistance against the white segregationist government.

The gallery owners remained steadfast in representing and promoting black artists internationally, where they could circumvent segregation more effectively.

These include photographers Ernest Cole and David Goldblatt, Sam Nhlengethwa, and multimedia artist William Kentridge.

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