Remembering 60 000 Forced Goodbyes District Six 50th Commemoration Print Exchange

This exhibitions showcases 50 prints by 50 artists who collaborated to compile a portfolio of images which commemorate the 50th anniversary of the declaration of District Six in Cape Town a “whites-only” residential area.  The subsequent removal of some 60 000 people and the destruction of their homes  has a left a permanent scar in the centre of the city-scape of Cape Town.  To date no final resolution has been achieved in terms of compensation and restitution of the victims of this Apartheid legislation. 


The portfolio was compiled in 2016 and was first shown at the District 6 Museum’s Home Coming Centre.  The realisation, production and exhibition of the portfolio was made possible with the support from Sanlam, Business Art South Africa, Hard Ground Printmakers, Meltt, George Wentzel Book Binder, Wizardz Print and Design and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology.


Exhibition dates: 23 January – 28 February 2020

Johnathan Comerford

Johnathan Comerford
60 000
Etching on paper
Artist information:
Johnathan Comerford A practising artist and printmaker for over 25 years, he studied at The Ruth Prowse School of Art, Peacock Printmakers (Scotland) and University of Cape Town. In 1989 Comerford established Hard Ground Printmakers – a landmark access studio that produced important South African social commentary and fine art prints in the 16 years he ran it. Currently, a freestyle master printmaker based in the UK, he sponsored 7 of this portfolio’s artists with materials and printing their editions.