“Domestic violence, rape, abuse of women remain disgraceful blots on the reputation of a country that is called a miracle nation.” (Nelson Mandela: Quotes on Women From Long Walk To Freedom)
South Africa has the highest rate of rape in the world: 132.4 incidents per 100,000 people. According to a survey conducted by the South African Medical Research Council, approximately one in four men surveyed admitted to committing rape. Although the Parliament of South Africa attempted to amend and strengthen all sexual violence laws with the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act in 2007, the rates of reported rape, sexual abuse of children, and domestic violence have continued to rise.
As a husband and father, I look and long for the day when women and children in South Africa will walk our streets and play in our parks without fear. I took this image during a protest march outside the parliamentary buildings in 2019. The struggle continues.
Alastair Whitton’s photographs are preoccupied with the mechanisms of memory and the recording of time and place. Through the lens he explores what he refers to as ‘the architecture of time and the poetics and politics of place’. To date he has presented solo exhibitions in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Paris. Upcoming solo projects include MIA Photo Milan (March 2021) and Photo London (May 2021). His work has been featured in curated group exhibitions at notable museums and institutions in South Africa and abroad.