Contested Spaces Exhibition
These artworks curated into a permanent exhibition in a dedicated exhibition wing would contribute in huge measure to many of the current national imperatives such as redress, social cohesion and the building of a shared national identity. It would commemorate and celebrate those histories that we have in common rather than the ethnic differences that polarise us. In doing so we would build understanding, respect and tolerance for all races which would lead to a natural bonding rather than an artificial regulated quota system. Visual arts, performing arts, poetry and music all posses the same power to affect change and consciously used as a tool for that purpose can contribute to the achievement of many of the current national imperatives. 
 
This exhibition serves as a warning not to repeat the mistakes of the past. The very real danger exists that in bunkering memory we forget, and the growing apathy that the young citizenry sometimes shows towards the evils of the past is disturbing. If one were to include some of the disgraced public sculptures of figures such as Verwoerd, Vorster, Botha and de Klerk alongside struggle heroes a fuller story would emerge. Special attention could be paid to Kimberley struggle heroes such as Sol Plaatje, Robert Sobukwe, Galeshewe, Frances Baard etc. National icon Nelson Mandela would also be included in the exhibit. This juxtapositioning of the powerful personalities that shaped our past would enlighten and encourage ordinary working-class citizens to work towards an inclusive future. It is well researched and documented that all education takes place through the senses and heritage institutions and particularly exhibitions such as the one proposed could be a significant contributory facet of any educational programme.  

Building a shared national identity 
 
Until we come to terms with our history and reach an understanding of those events that have polarised us as a nation, we will not be able to reach or achieve a shared identity. This exhibition enables a perspective on our past that would assist dialogue between citizens and it is in this kind of ‘free space’ that people can communicate normally on a social level. 

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