Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Iron Lady/Papier-mâché Malfeasant


After passing a bonkers pro-Tory house yesterday in Cambridgeshire, festooned with posters of the Conservative 'greats', and seeing the miserable visages of Margaret Thatcher and John Major looming down at me with a menacing portent of what might be come Thursday's election, I thought I'd post this recent find. It is of striking workers at the British-owned BTR-Sarmcol plant, Durban, South Africa, 1986, putting on the play, The Long March by Lawrence Zondi. The workers interpreted the content of the play to highlight their struggle against the 'imperial factor' using a Papier-mâché mask of Margaret Thatcher. From Beyond the Barricades: Popular Resistance in South Africa in the 1980s, featuring photographs by twenty South African photographers.

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