Whilst Goldblatt’s earlier work focuses on the dynamics of South African society under apartheid, this edition of photographs is exemplary of Goldblatt’s more recent work concentrating on South Africa’s post-apartheid urban landscapes. The present work is an aerial shot of Diepsloot, a sprawling township to the north of Johannesburg, long ignored by the local government. Diepsloot is an expression of the artist’s frustration with how Johannesburg’s social and urban landscape has developed since the end of apartheid, specifically the misallocation of funding originally intended for communities such as Diepsloot. By choosing to take an aerial photograph of this community, the artist is emphasizing the expansiveness of these neighbourhoods and the sheer number of impoverished residents who continue to be denied access to basic necessities.
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