Goldblatt, David b.1930 / The Ruins of Shareworld and FNB Soccer City Stadium.
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When he saw the Soweto stadium that was built for soccer’s 2010 FIFA World Cup, photographer David Goldblatt did not par-take in the almost universal South African exultation in celebration of the structure. He, instead, felt a strong sense of anger. Not only did Goldblatt find the stadium unsightly but despised all that it stood for; the photographer saw the World Cup as an exercise in mass hysteria by the powers that be. The countless images taken during the tournament were from beneath the stadium’s towering walls, making it loom gigantic, filing the frame. In stark contrast, Goldblatt’s portraits of the structure make it look small and drab, sitting morosely behind the ruins of a doomed 1980s theme park – Share World. Opened a decade before Nelson Mandela’s release, Share World was intended to make Soweto a more palatable place to live – it, however, went bankrupt. Goldblatt sees the failure of Share World, and the vanity and deceit of its legacy, mirrored in the new Soweto stadium, so paired the two together in this meaningful photograph.  


David Goldblatt (b.1930, South Africa)

The Ruins of Shareworld and FNB Soccer City Stadium. , 2009

Digital print in pigment inks on 100%, cotton rag paper
Edition: 3/10
98 x 125 cm
38 9/16 x 49 3/16 in.
Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa Current Location:
UK - Sotheby's London PhotographAfrica

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