Omar Badsha

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Visual Arts (painting, photography)
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The painter, photographer and historian Omar Badsha was born in 1945 in Durban to an Indian family that had immigrated to South Africa. He was very active in the antiapartheid movement and in the union, bringing him several jail sentences and publication bans. His works are heavily colored by political and social issues. Omar Badsha is a member of the society of independent photographers “Afropix”. In 1987 he founded the “Center of Documentary Photography” at Cape Town University. In 1996, at the invitation of the Indian government, he began a documentation about the region of Gujarat. At present he lives with his family in Pretoria, working on several exhibition and Internet projects. His paintings and photographs are shown in all South Africa’s major public collections, as well as in galleries and institutions abroad (USA, Botswana).
Author: House of World Cultures


This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the partner institutions.

Portrait Africa

A Century of Photographic Standpoints

(15 January 00 - 12 March 00)