"During the oppressive years of apartheid rule in South Africa, not all artists had access to the same opportunities. But far from quashing creativity, these limited options gave rise to a host of alternatives—including studios, print workshops, art centers, schools, publications, and theaters open to all races; underground poster workshops and collectives; and commercial galleries that supported the work of black artists—that made the art world a progressive environment for social change. Printmaking, with its flexible formats, portability, relative affordability, and collaborative environment, was a catalyst in the exchange of ideas and the articulation of political resistance."
Here are some prints from the exhibition:
You Have Struck a Rock, 1981
Medu Art Ensemble
Workers Rights in a New South Africa, 1989
artist uncredited; publisher: Congress of South African Trade Unions
Witch Hunt, 1988
one from a series of four drypoints with watercolor
Meeting of Two Cultures, 1993
You can view the online MOMA exhibition here and buy the excellent catalog here.