Artwork Detail

In the Katkat Valley, near Fort Beaufort
23 February 2006
South African, 1930–2018
Digital print on 100 percent rag cotton paper in pigment inks
31 1/2 x 39 3/4 "
University purchase, Yalem Fund, 2006
WU 2006.0006
Long known for his small-scale black-and-white photography critically documenting the political complexities of South Africa, artist David Goldblatt turned in the 1990s to large-format color photography. In the Katkat Valley, near Fort Beaufort shows an expansive vista of a lush mountainous landscape in stark contrast to the barbed-wire fence and dilapidated gate blocking public access in the foreground of the composition. An election poster for the ANC (African National Congress), the party that made equitable land redistribution a major political issue following the end of apartheid in 1994, is prominently displayed on the fence, suggesting ironic commentary on the political realities of post-apartheid politics. [Permanent collection label, 2016]