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Yellow, red, green, black and white poster. Artwork of face of Nelson Mandela. Artwork of map of Africa. Artwork of people protesting. Issued by the African National Congress.
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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A2 silkscreen blue and black on brown paper; cartoon students with books; text: Workshop textbooks Help...Hassle?
Author: National Education Union of South Africa (NEUSA)
Publication date: 1985-02-16
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Grey poster with black lettering. List of speakers. Image of gun broken in half. Meeting at Rhodes Room UCT.
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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White, red and black poster. Image of a hand with police on one side and state on the other. UDF Logo. Issued by Transvaal Anti-PC Committee and the Riverlea Human Rights Committee.
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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White, red and black poster. List of demands for equality. Transvaal Indian Congress.
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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Yellow, black and red poster. Cartoon artwork of an animal with a black t-shirt with word 'Cepalc' on it.
Publication date: 1983-06-00
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Light grey poster with red lettering. Title in red block with light grey lettering. Names of detainees e.g. Terror Lekota. Call to boycott apartheid elections.
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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Notice of COSATU Education Conference. Red, black and white poster. List of resolutions and courses.
Publication date: 1987-10-25
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Brown, yellow, red and white poster. Artwork of a woman carrying a bowl of berries. Asociacion du Mujeres Nicaraguences Luisa Amanda Espinoza.
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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Offset litho; red on white; also red on yellow; Free the children free the nation :Launch rally : National committee for childrens rights
Publication date: 1990-06-02
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Black, white and pink poster. Photograph of soldiers and a tank and a person lying dead on the floor during the emergency campaign. Organised by the Anti-apartheid Movement.
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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White poster with red letters and red border. COSATU Logo. Diamond shape at bottom with letters FAWC.
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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White poster with black lettering. Photo of Boiki Tlhapi. Notice of Protest Service in Klerksdorp - Free Majesty. Issued by N/Cape and W/Transvaal Council of Churches.
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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Black and white poster with title in red letters. Issued by the End Conscription Campaign. ECC logo. Photograph of Charles Bester.
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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White background with black lettering and black and white images of five people, title has double red lines around it. Cape Teachers Professional Association.
Publication date: 0000-00-00
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White background, green lettering, saying I'm a clockwork teacher, a product of the system, unhappy, unjust, unthinking, unfree. Cartoon artwork of a teacher with a wind up key in her back.
Publication date: 1987-00-00
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Domestic Workers Union poster, advertising AGM at Roman Catholic Church, Saratoga Avenue on the 25th May 1989. White poster with black lettering. Black strip on left hand side with white lettering...
Publication date: 1989-05-25
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White poster with black lettering. Photo of Raymond Suttner. Regarding The Freedom Charter. The People's Charter in the 1980's. Lecture at Jameson Hall on Wednesday 26th September.
Publication date: 0000-09-26
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Yellow poster with black and red lettering. NUMSA logo. Grey artwork down left hand border. Voting form for shop stewards.
Publication date: 1999-00-00
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Multicoloured poster with artwork of a man pointing a rifle. Maybe Russian.
Publication date: 0000-00-00

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Art is an act of resistance. It asserts our agency. Omar Badsha has identified not only as an artist, but an activist for most of his life. Born in 1945, he grew up under the oppression of apartheid, facing injustice on a daily basis. He was harassed, his work was banned, and his movement was restricted. But Badsha fought back with photography. Today his work as a historian is ensuring that the truth of our past, and our future, remains free.     

Badsha discovered his love of politics through his father, being raised in a house where activists came to meet. He had dreams of studying art abroad, but in 1965 was denied a passport by the government. Nevertheless, he continued to create, and that same year one of his woodcuts won the first of many awards. As a man well known for his doggedness, veracity, and humanity, Badsha refused to exhibit his drawings and paintings in segregated galleries. When he joined the trade union movement he turned his eye to photography. Badsha’s first book of photographs, Letter to Farzanah, was banned after release. Now freely accessible, his book depicts the lives of South African children of all races and backgrounds during apartheid. “We came out of a society where our history was actually erased, totally, not recognised,” he says. “But we turned it around during the anti-apartheid struggle.”

Badsha’s extensive photographic work has been exhibited globally, and it’s his emotive images of ordinary people that illustrate the heart behind his activism. In the 1990s, Badsha was finally given his first passport. It was only valid for three months, but the freedom he fought for came soon after as South Africa held its first democratic elections on 27 April 1994. He then founded South African History Online, a non-profit project dedicated to preserving an open history of our country. It’s the largest website of its kind in Africa, and has a virtual classroom to help teach children. In 2017, Badsha was awarded an honorary doctorate by Stellenbosch University. His work serves as a reminder that the pain of our past is not to be forgotten. Instead, it is the key to our future, and our freedom.

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