Sir Zanele Muholi, one of South Africa’s most famous and most exhibited artists, and one whose work explores gender and sexuality, told me in an interview once that the people in her work Face and Phases (a series of portraits taken since 2006) are not her subjects as the photographer.
After the August break, we return with another Spirals virtual seminar hosted by the Centre for Curating the Archive. On Friday, 17 September (3-4:30pm SAST) we host Hannes Hacke, research associate and curator at the interdisciplinary Research Center for the Cultural History of Sexuality at Humboldt-University, Berlin. His talk is titled 'Codifying Desire: Documenting and Exhibiting Sexuality'.
The Constantia Heritage and Education project, in collaboration with the Centre for Curating the Archive, Christ Church Constantia, Iziko Museums and photographer Kent Andreasen, will be hosting an exhibition for Heritage Month 2021, featuring the dispersed community of Constantia split up by the Groups Areas Act.
There is no Spirals session scheduled for August since most researchers and academics in Berlin are taking their leave this month. We invite you to take this opportunity to catch up on any of the sessions you might have missed.
In this session of the Spirals Series titled 'Gustav Fritsch ca. 1900: Three-Color Photography, Nature, & Colonial Science', Dr Hanin Hannouch explores the practice and work of Gustav Fritsch, a German anthropologist and racial hygienist, revealing the entanglements in his use of three colour photography and colonial science in the name of technical advancement and political victory.
The programme offers courses in the theory and practice of curatorship, developing in students a sophisticated awareness of the practicalities, politics and poetics of working with collections of many kinds. Students are encouraged to bring the disciplinary insights of their undergraduate major (whether this be in the visual arts, the humanities or the sciences) to the curating of both material and virtual collections, and are offered opportunities to work on exhibitions in public spaces and in the digital realm.
It all started as a conversation with a friend, Nina Paim, the editor of Futuress magazine. She suggested that Dr Luiza Prado Martins, the speaker for our Spirals session, Colour Unearthed, draw on the research she had conducted on the history of plants and colonialism to formulate a series of essays on the colonial history of colour.
The 30th of April 2021 marked the last formal day of employment for Professor Pippa Skotnes, our director at the Centre for Curating the Archive. Since being an undergrad in the mid-1970s, Pippa has offered an astonishing 46 years of dedication to the school and university, influencing the lives of its staff, students, and researchers in myriad ways.
The CCA is pleased to announce the next session of the Spirals virtual seminar series, titled 'Colour Unearthed'. We host Dr. Luiza Prado De o. Martins who reflect on the colonial histories attached to a set of vegetal and mineral based colours.
In January 2020, South African artist currently based in Berlin, Tayla Lubinsky, hosted a solo exhibition called Marble Dust. It is this exhibition that she unpacks during her Spirals session talk titled Permanence, Decay and the Politics of Post-preservation. During the talk, Lubinsky takes us through the journey of how this project came to materialize.
April 30th marked the fifth instalment of the Spirals Virtual Seminar series. Dr Rebecca Kahn from the University of Vienna discussed the ethics and politics inseparable from museum metadata, with a case study of a small collection of drawings made by children from various milieux and collected by Beatrice Blackwood, an early 20th century anthropologist and curator at the Pitt Rivers museum at the University of Oxford.