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MEDU ON-LINE places in the public domain the archives of Medu Art Ensemble, a collective of cultural activists and art-makers whose creative cultural work inspired and mobilized people’s engagement in South Africa’s liberation movement.
Medu Online provides basic historical information and archival records about Medu’s work, using material mostly collected from personal collections of surviving Medu members. A reference group of Medu members ensures that the online resource accurately reflects the history.
This web-site is managed by Wits Historical Papers and the Wits History Workshop; to maintain and develop content over time, and to ensure that the site embodies high standards of research and avoids individual bias.
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MEDU ART ENSEMBLE was formed by South Africa exiles in Gaborone, Botswana, in 1978. The organisation produced a wealth of creative work across all major art-forms; the group further played a key role in shaping aesthetic and cultural theory and praxis within Africanist and liberation struggles. On June 14 1985, the South African Defence Force attacked the homes of Medu members and other activists in Gaborone, killing 12 people; Medu as an organisation ceased to exist.