Mining and Marikana: Arts and the land extraction economy

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‘Senzenina’. Sculptural installation with sound element, 17 life-size crouching figures cast in Bronze. 2018. (Haroon Gunn-Salie/ Goodman Gallery)
‘Senzenina’. Sculptural installation with sound element, 17 life-size crouching figures cast in Bronze. 2018. (Haroon Gunn-Salie/ Goodman Gallery)

Masello Motana's Cyrilina Ramaposer

Cyrilina Ramaposer is a character and intervention conceptualised by performance artist Masello Motana to address political, economic and societal responses to the 2012 Marikana Massacre.  On 16 August 2013, exactly a year after the massacre, Cyrilina Ramaposer occupied the Louis Botha statue that sits outside of Parliament. It had been a year and no one was being held accountable for murder was a justified response to deal with miners striking for a living wage.

Dressed in the green, black and yellow colours of the African National Congress Cyrilina Ramaposer sang her single Makarena on Marikana to celebrate the anniversary of the massacre. 

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