Object Ecologies, an exhibition by the Centre of Curating the Archive, opened at the Iziko 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.
The exhibition consisted of four sub-exhibitions. These included: Freighted by Professor Fritha Langerman; Chest by Nina Liebenberg; Vanquished by Professor Pippa Skotnes; and the fourth Object Ecologies, from which the exhibition gets its name, by the Honours in Curatorship class.
The honours students got to chose a museum object from Iziko's collection and curate it in a travelling exhibition cabinet within the parameters of strict conservation and public safety rules. The course has largely focussed on object studies for 2018 with each student doing a research project and/or exhibition on an object. We will be launching a website based on the objects they chose from Iziko 's archives so check our homepage for updates. Below are two photographs of the class' exhibition as well as a photo of the students with Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, Prof Pippa Skotnes and lecturer Nina Liebenberg.
The exhibition will run until March 2019.
Special thanks to Thomas Cartwright, Lyndall Cain, Fazlin van der Schaff, Jade Nair and Nicholas Nomumu Simane.
As well as the Honours in Curatorship class of 2018: Lemeeze Davids, Lonwabo Kilani, Amogelang Maledu, Anelisa Mangcu, Thembakazi Matroshe, Matthew Nissen, Lilietta Njovana, Luvuyo Equiano Nyawose, Ndeenda Shivute, Elizabeth Smith, Georgia Stonehouse, San-Mari van der Merwe, Melissa Waters.
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