STATE-MENTS: a public exhibition about South Africa's state buildings



State-ments is a series of exhibitions in and about South African cities, which explores citizens' perceptions of their diverse and historically complex state architecture.

The Union Buildings, Parliaments, Police Stations, Courts… These buildings are familiar sights. They sit in our cities and shape our environment. Many of us only know the buildings by sight or reputation, but we know that important decisions about our lives are taken inside them.

What do South Africans think about these buildings?

This exhibition showcases five of South Africa’s most important buildings. The buildings were chosen by South African citizens living in and around Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Kimberley in January 2019. These include the Constitutional Court, the Union Buildings, Northern Cape Legislature, Parliament and Johannesburg Central Police Station


Event list:


Tuesday 26th November Old Fort Square Constitution Hill, 11 Kotze Rd Braamfontein Johannesburg 10am to 4pm

Wednesday 27th November Mary Fitzgerald Square

Rahima Moosa St (Jeppe St)

Newtown, Johannesburg

10am to 4pm

Thursday 28th November Jabulani Mall, Wimpy Court

2601 Corner Koma and Bolani Road

Jabulani, Soweto

10am to 4pm


Friday 29th November Church Square City of Tshwane 10am to 4pm

Saturday 30th November Hillbrow Recreation Centre King George St, Hillbrow Johannesburg 10am to 4pm


Tuesday 3rd December JIAS, UJ Johannesburg 10am to 4pm

Thursday 5th December Street outside 68 Juta St, Braamfonetin Johannesburg 10am to 4pm



South African architecture company Counterspace has designed the exhibition. Here, some of their team put the exhibition together.

In association with Counterspace

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