Separate Amenities

Vincent Bezuidenhout

2010 - 2012

South Africa

Separate Amenities examine the way in which the landscape was constructed to enforce separation during apartheid in South Africa. Recreational spaces previously functioned as separate facilities for different racial groups on every level of society, including separate beaches, parks, walkways and swimming pools. By exploring this recreational landscape, constructed through political, social and psychological factors, a view can be obtained of how the physical structuring of the landscape has been altered to implement control and separation. It shows a level of social engineering, through a flawed political system of racial segregation, which has led to spaces of ambiguity, incongruity and ultimate failure. The philosophy of segregation inherent in apartheid spatial structuring reflects elements of control, fear and power: elements which today acts as evidence of a time and modus operandi of the creators of that system.

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