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Red

Visual Arts
27.03.2014 – 17.05.2014, Film Screening 17.05.2014, 11H00
Goethe-Institut, Gallery & Auditorium
In July 1990, the National Union of Metalworkers South Africa (Numsa) presented Nelson Mandela with a red Mercedes Benz 500 SE. The car was a present that had been built by the workers at the Mercedes Benz factory in East London. The workers had donated their time, while management had agreed to supply them with the parts. The car summed up many of the aspirations and tensions of an important transitional moment in South Africa.

Despite the success of the car, the tensions between management and workers escalated and resulted in a wildcat sleep-in strike that closed production at the factory. The strikers used upholstery materials to create beds and uniforms, which were used during the sleep-in.

Red examines the larger political and social story of the car and the strike that followed. The exhibition is made up of installation elements and a new documentary, that follows individuals who were directly involved.

Simon Gush has exhibited widely in South Africa and abroad, and with this exhibition continues to pursue his interest in the thematic of work.

The documentary was made in collaboration with James Cairns and the clothing designed by Mokotjo Mohulo.

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