If he does not put things right himself, if he continues to assert only his negative image, he will inevitably lose all. The dissident writer know this, and appreciates the tragic possibilities inherent in the situation: consequently his struggle is not just against what is evil in the Afrikaner, but for what he perceives to be his potential for good. In other words, it is not just a struggle aimed at the liberation of blacks from oppression by whites, but also a struggle for the liberation of the Afrikaner from the ideology in which he has come to negate his better self. The dissident struggles in the name of what the Afrikaner could and should have become in light of his own history, had he not allowed adversity (both real and imaginary) to narrow down his horizon to the small hard facts of mere physical survival. – André Brink
There are two ways to explore the exhibition:
The first is to start at the very beginning and read “An Introduction to the Sestigers” and then work your way through the tabs focusing on individual authors sequentially. The order is not necessarily chronological, but each entry does build on the one that comes before – developing the wide narrative of this extraordinary group of writers.
The second is to direct yourself straight to what interests you (and hopefully find you want to know more).
Please enjoy your stay!
– The Curator, Kylé Pienaar
This exhibition would not have been possible without the insightful and generous assistance of Willie van Staden.