David Goldblatt / Fietas

David Goldblatt / Fietas
22 November - 12 December 2009
Installation View
David Goldblatt
Hassimia Sahib's "Republic Islamic Butchery" before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Fietas (4_2386), April 1977
Exhibition print

David Goldblatt
With half of his building destroyed under the Apartheid regulation that had declared this suburb “White”, Hassimia Sahib, butcher, continued trading and refused to move until given the site he had selected in the declared “Asiatic” suburb to which he was to be consigned. Housing for Whites already occupied. Pageview, Johannesburg. 8 March 1986 (4_4051), 1986
Silver Gelatin Vintage Print
P: 30.5 x 30.5cm
David Goldblatt
Avalon Cinema, 17th Street, Fietas (Pageview), before its destruction under the Group Areas Proclamation which enforced the removal of all Asiatics and the reservation of the suburb for occupation by whites. (3CT_04), 1977-1978
Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper

David Goldblatt
Zulu woman salvaging bricks for a white contractor from Indians' houses demolished under the Group Areas Act, Fietas (4_2879), 1982
Vintage silver gelatin print

David Goldblatt
The Modis in their shop on 17th Street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976(2_26558), 1976
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
A baby and his father in a rooming house on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_15037), March 1973
Carbon Ink on Hanemuhle 315gsm
Image: 29.9 x 29.9 cm
David Goldblatt
A young man known as Krish on the stoep of his home before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26353), 1976
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
A sidewalk trader, 14th Street, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26511), 1976
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
Harry, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act (2_26528), 1976
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
From the South-West looking North-East, Fietas early in its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Circa (3CT_0008_34), 1977
Demonstration print

David Goldblatt
Fazela Docrat in her father’s shop, Subway Grocers, before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26544), 1976
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
Yusuf and Ayesha Rajah at home with their baby before the destruction of fietas under the Group Areas Act (2_26648), 1976
Carbon ink print on Hahnemuhle 315gsm
Paper: 33 x 33 cm Image: 30 x 30 cm Frame: 46 x 46 cm
David Goldblatt
Burnt-out shell of the Star Bio on 20th Street, Fietas. December 1976 (4_2468), 1976
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

David Goldblatt
In the pub, Vrededorp (2_27165), 1977
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
The Subway Grocers, Ozzie Docrat's shop, shortly after its forced closure and before its demolition under the Group Areas proclamation which declared Pageview/Fietas "White". Johannesburg, April 1977 (4_2511), April 1977
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper

David Goldblatt
Boys at the corner of Delarey and 17th streets, before the destruction of Fietas, under the Group Areas Act (2_26586), 1976
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
Farouk Janoo, shopkeeper before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. December 1976 (4_2491), 1976
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

David Goldblatt
Shireen Hussein whose family resisted removal under the Group Areas Act. 8 March 1986 (4_4057), 1986
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
A backyard mechanic and his sons, Vrededorp (2_27118), 1977
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
House with a closed-in-stoep before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. October 1976 (4_2440), 1976
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

David Goldblatt
The reinforced concrete structure that housed the water tank and lavatory of the Docrat family on 20th street. The front-end loaders were unable to topple it during the destruction of the house under the Group Areas Act and so it stands to this day. 9 April 2012. 4_A0921, 2012
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

David Goldblatt
In Ozzie Docrat's home before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Fietas, 1977 (2_26891), January 1977
Exhibition print

David Goldblatt
A house on 17th Street, before destruction under the Group Areas Act. December 1977 (4_2518), 1977
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

David Goldblatt
From the north-east looking south-west - Fietas early in its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Circa (3CT_0008_37), 1977
Demonstration print

David Goldblatt
Toothbrushes before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act.1976 (2_26308), 1976
Carbon Ink on Hahnemuhle 315gsm
Image: 29.9 x 29.9 cm
David Goldblatt
Ismael Peersaap of Mansoor sweetmeats on 17th street before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act (2_26370), 1976
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
In the shop of the Docrat brothers on 14th street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act (2_26258), 1976
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
"Removed" from their shops under the Group Areas Act, Three businessmen examining possible sites for shops at the Oriental Plaza, Fordsburg (2_18762), 1974
Silver gelatin print on fibre-based paper
40 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
Bridal wear shop window before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 7 December 1976 (4_2460), 1976
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

David Goldblatt
Fietas from the south-east before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26415), 1976
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
Abdulhay Garda and his assistant, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26750), 1976
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
Signage on 14th Street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. December 1976 (4_2482), 1976
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

David Goldblatt
Ozzie Docrat with his daughter Nassima in his shop before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Fietas, Johannesburg (2_26500), 1977
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
Prayer beads in the 23rd Street Mosque. 14 June 1982 (4_2890), 1982
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

David Goldblatt
Shopping for clothes at Yusuf Docrat's shop on 14th street, before the destruction under Group Areas Act (2_26748), 1976
Silver gelatin photograph on fibre-based paper
approx. 30 x 40cm
David Goldblatt
17th Street, Fietas (Pageview), before the destruction of its houses and shops under the Group Areas Act (3CT_08), 1977-1978
Digital Prints on 100% cotton rag paper
A0 or A0+
David Goldblatt
Pielieboy Billings and friend at the corner of Krause and 22nd Streets, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. April 1976 (4_2381), 1976
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper

David Goldblatt
The Madrassa, 23rd Street, Fietas (4_2517), May 1977
Silver gelatin on fibre based paper
Aprox: 50x 70cm

David Goldblatt / Fietas - Installation View

22 November - 12 December 2009

David Goldblatt

Hassimia Sahib's "Republic Islamic Butchery" before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Fietas (4_2386)

David Goldblatt

With half of his building destroyed under the Apartheid regulation that had declared this suburb “White”, Hassimia Sahib, butcher, continued trading and refused to move until given the site he had selected in the declared “Asiatic” suburb to which he was to be consigned. Housing for Whites already occupied. Pageview, Johannesburg. 8 March 1986 (4_4051)

David Goldblatt

Avalon Cinema, 17th Street, Fietas (Pageview), before its destruction under the Group Areas Proclamation which enforced the removal of all Asiatics and the reservation of the suburb for occupation by whites. (3CT_04)

David Goldblatt

Zulu woman salvaging bricks for a white contractor from Indians' houses demolished under the Group Areas Act, Fietas (4_2879)

David Goldblatt

The Modis in their shop on 17th Street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976(2_26558)

David Goldblatt

A baby and his father in a rooming house on Abel Road, Hillbrow (2_15037)

David Goldblatt

A young man known as Krish on the stoep of his home before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26353)

David Goldblatt

A sidewalk trader, 14th Street, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26511)

David Goldblatt

Harry, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act (2_26528)

David Goldblatt

From the South-West looking North-East, Fietas early in its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Circa (3CT_0008_34)

David Goldblatt

Fazela Docrat in her father’s shop, Subway Grocers, before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26544)

David Goldblatt

Yusuf and Ayesha Rajah at home with their baby before the destruction of fietas under the Group Areas Act (2_26648)

David Goldblatt

Burnt-out shell of the Star Bio on 20th Street, Fietas. December 1976 (4_2468)

David Goldblatt

In the pub, Vrededorp (2_27165)

David Goldblatt

The Subway Grocers, Ozzie Docrat's shop, shortly after its forced closure and before its demolition under the Group Areas proclamation which declared Pageview/Fietas "White". Johannesburg, April 1977 (4_2511)

David Goldblatt

Boys at the corner of Delarey and 17th streets, before the destruction of Fietas, under the Group Areas Act (2_26586)

David Goldblatt

Farouk Janoo, shopkeeper before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. December 1976 (4_2491)

David Goldblatt

Shireen Hussein whose family resisted removal under the Group Areas Act. 8 March 1986 (4_4057)

David Goldblatt

A backyard mechanic and his sons, Vrededorp (2_27118)

David Goldblatt

House with a closed-in-stoep before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. October 1976 (4_2440)

David Goldblatt

The reinforced concrete structure that housed the water tank and lavatory of the Docrat family on 20th street. The front-end loaders were unable to topple it during the destruction of the house under the Group Areas Act and so it stands to this day. 9 April 2012. 4_A0921

David Goldblatt

In Ozzie Docrat's home before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Fietas, 1977 (2_26891)

David Goldblatt

A house on 17th Street, before destruction under the Group Areas Act. December 1977 (4_2518)

David Goldblatt

From the north-east looking south-west - Fietas early in its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Circa (3CT_0008_37)

David Goldblatt

Toothbrushes before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act.1976 (2_26308)

David Goldblatt

Ismael Peersaap of Mansoor sweetmeats on 17th street before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act (2_26370)

David Goldblatt

In the shop of the Docrat brothers on 14th street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act (2_26258)

David Goldblatt

"Removed" from their shops under the Group Areas Act, Three businessmen examining possible sites for shops at the Oriental Plaza, Fordsburg (2_18762)

David Goldblatt

Bridal wear shop window before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 7 December 1976 (4_2460)

David Goldblatt

Fietas from the south-east before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26415)

David Goldblatt

Abdulhay Garda and his assistant, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. 1976 (2_26750)

David Goldblatt

Signage on 14th Street before its destruction under the Group Areas Act. December 1976 (4_2482)

David Goldblatt

Ozzie Docrat with his daughter Nassima in his shop before its destruction under the Group Areas Act, Fietas, Johannesburg (2_26500)

David Goldblatt

Prayer beads in the 23rd Street Mosque. 14 June 1982 (4_2890)

David Goldblatt

Shopping for clothes at Yusuf Docrat's shop on 14th street, before the destruction under Group Areas Act (2_26748)

David Goldblatt

17th Street, Fietas (Pageview), before the destruction of its houses and shops under the Group Areas Act (3CT_08)

David Goldblatt

Pielieboy Billings and friend at the corner of Krause and 22nd Streets, before the destruction of Fietas under the Group Areas Act. April 1976 (4_2381)

David Goldblatt

The Madrassa, 23rd Street, Fietas (4_2517)

The Goodman Gallery // Project Space was pleased to have presented an exhibition of works by David Goldblatt. The exhibition opened on the 22 November 2009 and closed on the 12th of December 2009

“In the 1890s, shortly after Johannesburg started, three suburbs, bluntly named, were proclaimed for occupation by people of colour: Coolie Location, Kaffir Location and Malay Location. After an outbreak of plague in 1904, Coolie Location was razed. Kaffir Location became a cemetery for Whites. Malay Location, later named Pageview and called Fietas by its residents, became one of the few places in the city reserved for people of colour – Africans, Coloureds and Indians, none of whom had the vote. Whites in a neighbouring suburb, the people who did have the vote, didn’t like people of colour living so near and put pressure on the City Council to move them out. Gradually, on the pretext of public health and slum clearance, Africans were forced out and Coloureds were enticed with new suburbs. That left the Indians.

In 1950 the apartheid government passed the Group Areas Act, under which residential and business areas in cities, towns and villages were to be reserved for different ethnic groups. In 1956 Pageview/Fietas was declared a White Group Area. The Indians were to be removed to Lenasia, a Group Area reserved for them 40 kilometres beyond the city – Fietas was about five from the city centre.

Fietas was a small place with narrow streets and compact houses, heavily overcrowded, but with a strong sense of community. Rich and poor, Black and White had come from many miles to shop there. Three generations had grown and lived there. Using every loophole in the law the people of Fietas fought against removal. But eventually in 1977 police with dogs moved in and except for a very few, the last of the Indians of Fietas were forced out. Shops and houses were destroyed and new houses were built for low-income Whites.
These photographs were taken in 1976 and 1977, the last years of Fietas.”
David Goldblatt 2009

David Goldblatt

David Goldblatt (b.1930, Randfontein, South Africa) chronicled the structures, people and landscapes of his country from 1948 – through the rise of Afrikaner Nationalism, the apartheid regime and into the democratic era – until his death in June 2018. Goldblatt’s photography examines how South Africans have expressed their values through the structures, physical and ideological, that they have built. In 1989, Goldblatt founded the Market Photography Workshop in Johannesburg. In 1998 he was the first South African to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 2001, a retrospective of his work, David Goldblatt Fifty-One Years began a tour of galleries and museums. He was one of the few South African artists to exhibit at Documenta 11 (2002) and Documenta 12 (2007) in Kassel, Germany. He has held solo exhibitions at the Jewish Museum and the New Museum, both in New York. His work was included in the exhibition ILLUMInations at the 54th Venice Biennale in 2011, and has featured on shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Barbican Centre in London and in 2018, a major retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Goldblatt is the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad award, the 2009 Henri Cartier-Bresson Award, the 2013 ICP Infinity Award and in 2016, he was awarded the Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres by the Ministry of Culture of France.