THE PELINDABA COLLECTION 
Declassified documents printed on standard A4 copy paper, newsprint 9 x 12 Inches.
The Pelindaba Collection contains more than 900 pages of declassified documents regarding apartheid South Africa’s clandestine nuclear weapons program. Sources include: The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, D.C.), The South African History Archive (Johannesburg), as well as, N.S.A., C.I.A. and internal government communications obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
These documents cover 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.
On the 9th of December 2013 I staged an intervention at the Picture Collection of the Mid-Manhattan Library, New York City. I took a set of prints of declassified, but completely redacted, documents from South Africa’s nuclear weapons program and anonymously inserted them into the Picture Collection under the following titled folders: Explosions; Radiation; Security; Documents- United States of America-1900; Detectives 1-3; Missions and Missionaries-Africa; Colonialism; Bombs; South Africa-Transvaal; Cowboys 1-5; Bible-David 2 of 2.
From the 16th of July to the 16th of August 2014, a selection of Pelindaba was shown at the exhibition GESTURE at the US Gallery, Stellenbosch, South Africa. I emailed a PDF of these documents to the curator, who subsequently printed it out on an office printer and the individual pages were then pinned to the gallery wall.
In exhibitions in Johannesburg, New York and Los Angeles I placed a vertical stack of the Pelindaba Collection on a plinth, no bigger than the A4 documents. Unaware of whether it was a work or simply gallery documentation, visitors subsequently read and took pages of the documents with them.
1 "Pelindaba" is derived from the words pelile meaning "finished" and indaba meaning "discussion".