Mandela’s red Merc‚ strike become art

Times Live | Zipo-Zenkosi Ncokazi:


An exhibition that deals with labour relations at East London’s Mercedes-Benz plant in 1990 will open on Friday at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery.

Red is an exhibition by Johannesburg artist Simon Gush and has previously been on display in Cape Town‚ Johannesburg and Grahamstown. 

History reconstructed: An exhibition titled Red which deals with labour relations at the East London Mercedes Benz plant in 1990, is on display at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery for the next six weeks. Seen here is artist Simon Gush. Image by: Stephanie Lloyd, Daily Dispatch

It will run in East London until September 30.

Speaking to the Daily Dispatch on Tuesday‚ one of the organisers‚ Gary Minkley‚ said that when Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990 after serving 27 years in jail‚ workers at the West Bank plant decided to pay tribute to him by building a Mercedes-Benz sedan during unpaid overtime…


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