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Fatima Meer’s Artwork: a Miraculous Testament Against Forgetting

Constitution Hill: Painting by Fatima Meer

Painting by Fatima Meer

A new permanent exhibition of paintings, sketches and detailed notes about life in Women's Jail was unveiled at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg last month.

The exhibition, titled Prison Diaries after her book by the same name, showcases anti-apartheid activist Fatima Meer’s artwork during her incarceration in 1976. She was detained in solitary confinement in Women’s Jail (now part of the Constitution Hill complex) along with ten members of the Black Women’s Federation, an organisation banned by the apartheid government.

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