Alfred Thoba: 1976 Riots
This work is an illustration of the fateful Soweto Riots that caused the death of hundreds of school children when they defied the authorities. The strong reds are very symbolic of the blood that was shed during this devastating event. The artist, painting in Apartheid South Africa, went to exhaustive measures to hide his work from the police, and had to move his location several times to be able to paint without being caught. The work was a high point of the 100 Artists Protest Detention Without Trial Exhibition at the Market Gallery in January 1988.