The minister already inwardly bears the community’s sin by listening to their confessions. It is possible that the minister chose to make the greatest sacrifice he could, by bearing the sins of the community in a visible way. In doing so, the community should have understood and appreciated his constant support and strength of faith. On the contrary, they gossiped about his sin as if it were greater than their own, and as if in seeing his outward expression of sin, they could overlook their internal crimes. In the end, the minister points out how all the townspeople have treated him poorly, neglecting their own sin and focusing on his. But, it seems that they never truly understood, or repented, their actions, as the story closes with the frightful thought that the minister’s face still lay behind the veil even in death.
LE BAL in Paris presents Ponte City , the epic project by Mikhael Subotzky and Patrick Waterhouse focused on the landmark building Ponte City in Johannesburg. Ponte City has been the symbol of prosperity under apartheid and white supremacy, of the collapse of the city center in the 1990s, and finally of the multi-ethnic renewal in this new century: it has witnessed the throes of a never-ending changing society. This exhibition will gather documents (maps, brochures and press clippings) from the utopian time of the erection of the building, images and vernacular texts which have been abandoned by generations of migrants coming from all over Africa, recurring architectural elements of the 40 floors and more intimate, poetic and day-to-day photographs. The exhibition runs from 23 January to 20 April 2014.