In 2016 the Iziko South African National Gallery accepted my proposal to host an exhibition of cartoons drawn by the late Derek Bauer (1955 – 2001). Alternative Press: Works by Derek Bauer opened on 22 September 2017, and remained on view until 30 April 2018. Bauer was the cartoonist at the Weekly Mail from 1985, when the paper was first launched, until 1990. The Weekly Mail was started by a group of journalists who wanted to do excellent journalism without restrictions on what they could publish despite the numerous challenges posed on media freedom by the South African apartheid government. Their published articles were regularly banned, reporters were regularly threatened and the editors were regular sued. The weekly feature, Derek Bauer’s World were often the cause of the legal action. Bauer’s cartoons were balanced between his distinctive blotchy aesthetic, his wickedly irreverent content and outrageous caricatures of politicians and ministers at that time.
My curatorial vision included a capsule project within the main exhibition which featured cartoons by two practising cartoonist, Brandon Reynolds and Zapiro. It also featured a filmed conversation between these two cartoonists in which they shared stories about their careers, and their memory of Derek Bauer. The exhibition was made possible through the support of Rozy Gunn and Iona Wines

Dr Hamish Robertson (Iziko Museum SA), Janet Heard (Daily Maverick and opening speaker), Zapiro, Heidi Erdmann (Curator), Rozy Gunn (Iona Wines and Bauer’s former widow), Dr Bongani Ndlovu (Iziko Museums SA), Andrea Lewis (Iziko South African National Gallery) and Brandon Reynolds.

Headings of the text panels installed in the exhibition rooms were from Derek’s book, S. A. Flambé And Other Recipes For Disaster published in 1989. Texts compiled by Heidi Erdmann and Andrea Lewis. Panels designed by Peter Stuckey.