The Pelindaba Collection, 2018.

The Pelindaba Collection contains more than 900 pages of declassified documents regarding apartheid South Africa’s clandestine nuclear weapons program from sources including The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.), The South African History Archive (Johannesburg), and N.S.A., C.I.A. and internal government communications obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

An office printer was installed within the now-defunct portions of the former Pfizer Pharmaceutical factory in Brooklyn as part of the exhibition RE 21: This is Not Here, curated by Efrem Zelony-Mindell. The printer laboriously printed out more than 900 pages of declassified documents ranging from minutes of a meeting between defense minsters from apartheid South Africa and Israel, to technical specifications for uranium enrichment.

The Pelindaba Collection covers a period of twenty-five years of South African nuclear policy, from early uranium supply arrangements under the United States-South Africa Atomic Energy Bilateral to the South African response to the September 1979 Vela incident and the subsequent destruction of its nuclear program. Large sections within these documents have been redacted.



The Pelindaba Collection

The Pelindaba Collection

Declassified documents printed on standard A4 copy paper, 2014 - 2018, dimensions variable.

The Pelindaba Collection

The Pelindaba Collection

Declassified documents printed on standard A4 copy paper, 2014 - 2018, dimensions variable.

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The Pelindaba Intervention, 2014

The Pelindaba Intervention, 2014

Pigment Ink Prints on Newsprint

21x 12 x 16 inches

Documentation of an intervention staged at the Mid-Manhattan Library Picture Collection, 2014. Declassified documents regarding South Africans clandestine nuclear weapons program where anonymously inserted into folders in the collection, thereby becoming permanent records. This documentation consists of one reference image from each of the folders.

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