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    Posted August 3, 2013 by
    shafiur2013
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    Soweto, South Africa
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    African culture: Street art

    UK Street Artist's portrait of Ruth First in Soweto.

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Documentary-maker Shafiur Rahman was making a documentary about South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle and asked British graffiti artist Ben Slow to paint an image of anti-apartheid activist Ruth First on the side of a home in Soweto last year. First was murdered by a parcel bomb while working in exile in Mozambique in 1982, and remains one of the most iconic figures of the country's struggle against the former regime. "Street art, I believe, has an essentially political manifesto," Rahman says. "It amounts to an act of defiance. In this instance it is an act of commemoration."
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    British street artist Ben Slow went to Soweto to paint this portrait of iconic anti-apartheid struggle figure, Ruth First. First was assassinated by apartheid forces in Mozambique. The street piece  was commissioned by Shafiur Rahman, a UK documentary maker currently engaged in making a film about apartheid. The site is near Kliptown, famous for holding the Congress of the People which drafted The Freedom Charter.

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