CURATED BY LUKHANYO CALATA
The Fort Calata Foundation, in collaboration with Rhodes University, is proud to present ‘iNqaba yeSizwe’ The Exhibition. This Exhibition is the Foundation’s flagship project towards its public education campaign with regard to the Cradock Four for 2022. It comprises a 24-piece framed photographic exhibition titled ‘iNqaba’ as well as a short documentary film titled ‘Thina Sizwe’, which was co-produced by the National Arts Festival. When viewed together, the exhibition immerses its audience in the story of the Calata family’s contribution to Cradock’s growth as a behemoth in the struggle against both colonialism and Apartheid. The journey starts with ‘Thina Sizwe’ which features among others Albie Sachs (former Constitutional Court Justice), Dr Allan Boesak (former UDF patron) and Nomonde Calata (Fort Calata’s widow) who trace back Cradock’s history of leadership and resistance back to James Arthur Calata and how his example had influenced the Lingelihle township’s successful revolution in the 1980’s.
‘iNqaba – A Photographic Exhibition’ then picks up on the theme and captures the emotion of Lingelihle’s revolution as led by Fort Calata, Matthew Goniwe, Sparrow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlauli. It combines exclusive family photographs and newspaper articles into an engaging and captivating exhibition, which will stir up emotions and questions in all who experience it. The exhibition will be housed at the Africa Media Matrix, which is where the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University is housed.