/ past projects

/ Home Affairs (GALA) / 2008

Initiated by Trace with funding from Atlantic Philanthropies and the Ford Foundation, Home Affairs was an exhibition and dialogue programme that examined the history and significance of the passage of the Civil Unions Act in December 2006, which made South Africa the fifth country in the world to legitimate same-sex marriage. Installed at the Apartheid Museum, the exhibition examined the different ways that people love, form relationships and make families. In the outer circle of the exhibition, seven families were represented, examining the different forms that "family" takes in South Africa; in the inner circle, personal artifacts and photographs were on display of ten same-sex couples who have been married –or who have considered getting married—since the Civil Union Act was passed. The exhibition aimed to create greater understanding of what ‘family’ means in South Africa, and to provoke debate on the effects of constitutional equality and the Civil Union Act. Produced in collaboration with TRACE and curated by Sharon Cort and designed by Clive van den Berg with Hans Foster.

“The launching of the GALA Heritage Project recognizes, documents and reminds us [of] the progress made thus far towards a more egalitarian and inclusive society. The values entrenched in our Constitution cannot be allowed to be ideals in the abstract – they have to be manifest in the experiences of other people, especially the marginalized sections in our society. We cannot go back!” - Chief Justice Pius Langa, opening the exhibitions, Saturday May 24, The Apartheid Museum.

Tel: +27 82 554 0747 (Lauren) / +27 82 335 4586 (Clive)