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The (un)ambiguity of the image – the story of 16 June

The image that classically characterises 16 June 1976 is that of a tearful Mbuyisa Makhubo carrying a slain 12-year-old Hector Pieterson, flanked by a hysterical Antoinette Sithole, Hector’s sister, taken by Sam Nzama is a marker of history. Nzama’s image is unambiguous and intact. The role of the visual image has ceased to be iconographic. In these hyper-visual times, digital technology has lent greater complexity to our relationship with images writes Kagiso Mnisi.

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Black people imagining themselves into existence

On Saturday Tseliso Monaheng decided to head down south to Soweto to check out the inaugural Abantu Book Festival, an initiative founded by Thando Mgqolozana and curated by Panashe Chigumadzi. To say it was lit would be a gross understatement. The topics on panels and the temperatures matched, while the film screening and poetry sessions added the pressure to further ignite a revelation in progress. People came from all across Johannesburg to take it all in. These are snapshots from Eyethu Lifestyle Centre in Soweto.