Gavin Jantjes Colour these Workers Sold Out from A South African Colouring Book 1974–75

  • Not on view

Jantjes made this portfolio when he was an art student in Germany during the 1970s. Like Ernest Cole, he was driven to show his European peers the past and present of life under apartheid. House of Bondage was one of Jantjes’s few resources for anti-apartheid images, and five of Cole’s photographs appear in the portfolio, printed in negative or repeated so that they resemble film strips. By layering images and including rudimentary color bars, Jantjes invokes numerous meanings of the word “color” and underscores the absurd and dehumanizing nature of apartheid practices.

Gallery label from 2023
Medium
Screenprint with additional screenprint paper-clipped in from a series of 11 screenprints
Dimensions
sheet: 23 11/16 × 17 13/16" (60.2 × 45.2 cm)
Publisher
Gavin Jantjes, Hamburg
Printer
Gavin Jantjes, Hamburg
Edition
20
Credit
Gift of Agnes Gund and Jack Shear
Object number
787.2022.f
Department
Drawings and Prints
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