Exhibition — 18 May until 13 Oct 2019

The exhibition interweaves diverse perspectives, generations and histories. From old and new photos by Van Denderen, Tlali and students to family albums, newspaper archives and interviews by Margalith Kleijwegt.

“For me, your book not only documents a crucial moment in the history of South Africa, but somehow also reflects today’s reality. That’s why I would like to bring your photos back.” 

This e-mail sparks a penetrating follow-up to Welkom in Suid-Afrika (1991) by Ad van Denderen (NL, 1943). In Van Denderen’s critically acclaimed photo book, he chronicles the final days of Apartheid in the gold mining town of Welkom. Twenty-five years later, the project takes a new turn precipitated by Lebohang Tlali (ZA, 1978), who grew up in a nearby township and discovered the book while studying art in Cape Town. Now both photographers are collaborating on a multi-layered sequel: Welkom Today (produced by Paradox). The exhibition interweaves diverse perspectives, generations and histories. From old and new photos by Van Denderen, Tlali and students to family albums, newspaper archives and interviews by Margalith Kleijwegt.

Welkom Today is generously supported in part by the Mondriaan Fund, DutchCulture, Fonds Anna Cornelis en Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten.

Welkom Today - archive picture, Thabong, around 1970
Welkom Today - archive picture, Thabong, around 1970