The Centre for Curating the Archive hosted a symposium titled Reimagining Museums and Archives on Friday the 30th of November. The symposium was largely convened by the Honours in Curatorship class and consisted of two panel discussions: Reimagining As Destruction and Creation and Reimagining Where Archives Are Constituted. As well as these discussions a new website was also launched, in collaboration with Iziko Museums of South Africa, Object Ecologies.
As part of their final year projects, for the Honours in Curatorship programme, many of the students chose to curate an exhibition to go along with their research. These exhibitions all centred around an object they had done a study on. Here are some of the exhibitions curated by members of the class including: Georgia Stonehouse who chose a workbook of her grandfather's poetry, Amogelang Maledu who chose an Isigubu drum, San-Mari van der Merwe who looked at a human heart, Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose who took the gay flag as their starting point and Melissa Waters who researched birds' eggs.
Object Ecologies, an exhibition by the Centre of Curating the Archive, opened at the South African Museum on Saturday the 3rd of November. The event was well attended with the University of Cape Town's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, giving an inspiring opening speech.