Title: “Salem, Eastern Cape”, by Andries Bezuidenhout, oil on canvas, framed, 40.6×40.6cm
This oil painting was part of an exhibition titled “Vanishing Karoo” (March to April 2019) at the Imibala Gallery in Graaff-Reinet. Andries also opened the exhibition with an address on Karoo landscapes and a musical performance. Salem is one of the oldest settler towns in the Eastern Cape and formed the backdrop to one of South Africa’s most controversial land disputes, which ended up in the Constitutional Court. Two historians, Martin Legassick and Herman Giliomee, supported both sides with expert testimonies on the history of conflicts over land in the area.