Dont miss the opening this  Sunday 16 June at 11h00 at Franschhoek’s Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate of local artist David Brits’ second solo exhibition, ‘1969’.

Working with a wide range of mediums, Brit’s work focuses on the ideas of masculinity, whiteness, the South African military under apartheid and the implications of being a young white male in South Africa today. To create his pieces, David sources archival images from books that have been handed down, old family photographs and the internet.

In this new exhibition, the artist presents a collection of drawings based on family photographs and newspaper clippings related to a rescue operation that caused a media frenzy and captured the country’s imagination. In 1969 Brit’s grandfather, a commander in the South African Navy, was dispatched to the recently inhabited Gough Island to rescue two missing South African meteorologists. Although the men were found having already died of exposure, the rescue mission became evidence of the country’s Naval strength in the strategic Cape Sea Route region at the height of the Cold War.  

(Left) Captain Gert Brits overseeing an exercise at sea. (Right)Ons Vloot – Die Eerste Vyftig Jaar. Published by W. J. Flesch & Partners, Cape Town, 1973

Running until the 28th of August, ‘1969’ examines an unusual historical event whilst also offering glimpses into the life the artist’s grandfather, a man he hardly knew.

A Hydrographic Survey of Gough Island, carried out by the South African Hydrographic Office in 1956

A preview dinner will take place on Saturday evening 15 June 2013 in The Gallery with the artists Gordon Froud, Diane Victor and David Brits in attendance. For reservations contact Barbara at or +27 (0)21 876 8600.

About David

David Brits was born in Cape Town in 1987, and grew up in a 265 year old Cape Dutch Homestead that has been in his family for 7 generations. He graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT, in 2010 and has a background in audiovisual and photographic archiving as well as graphic design.

Most recently Brits curated Not My War, an exhibition held at the Michaelis Galleries, UCT. This acclaimed show brought together works by significant South African artists that have reflected on their country’s involvement in border wars in Northern Namibia and Southern Angola during the 1960s to 1980s.

Brits has participated in a number of group shows in the Western Cape and had his first solo exhibition, VICTOR VICTOR, at Brodwyn + Gonsalves in 2011. 1969 is his second solo exhibition.

David Brits

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