Columbarium

1. a. Rom. Antiq. A subterranean sepulchre, having in its walls niches or holes for cinerary urns; also one of these niches or recesses.
b. A similar structure in a modern crematorium.
2. A pigeon-house, dove-cote; a pigeon-hole.
3. A hole left in a wall for the insertion of the end of a beam.
Curiosity CLXXV

This publication was produced to coincide with the exhibition Curiosity CLXXV which in turn was curated to mark the University of Cape Town's 175th anniversary. The publication is intended to be neither a book nor a catalogue, but rather a paper cabinet – a curated collection of the images and texts that were assembled in the preparation of the exhibition. As a paper cabinet, its layout depends less on the linear readability of its sequence of pages, and more on the visual delight of its layout and the play between the various taxonomies that govern display and describe the disciplines and curiosities that are represented. What has been featured here has as much to do with what seemed important and fascinating to the curators as with the unexpected discoveries that both appealed to individual visual sensitivities and teased and challenged expectations and preconceptions.

More about the publication which accompanied the exhibition. - click on the image to view the gallery -