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Kentridge’s ‘Casspirs full of love’

6th August 2008 | Other items by

At the time this print was made, the South African government had declared a state of emergency in the country, and state military forces were sent into black areas to suppress protest against apartheid.  ‘Casspir’ was the name given to an armoured military vehicle frequently used in these operations.

The title is taken from a message sent by a mother to her son – sending ‘casspirs full of love’ – on ‘Forces Favourites’, a radio programme of personal dedications to young men who at that time were in the security forces. This could be regarded as the most politically overt print by the artist.

Kentridge drew and etched the copper plate at the University of South Africa (UNISA), Pretoria. He was allowed use of the UNISA print workshop in exchange for giving a lecture at the University. Kentridge printed part of the edition at UNISA at the time of making it.

In April 2000 the copper plate was shipped to 107 Workshop in England. Kentridge visited the workshop to rework areas of drypoint on the plate where necessary. The balance of the edition was printed by master printer Jack Shirreff at 107 Workshop on the same paper as the earlier prints.

The final edition is dated 1989-2000

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