Made in Translation – Images from and of the Landscape

  • Posted: Nov 15, 2010

Made in Translation – Images from and of the Landscape
Opens at the Iziko South African Museum
21 November 2010 - November 2011

The Iziko Social History department presents Made in Translation – Images from and of the Landscape, which will open to the public at the Iziko South African Museum on 21 November 2010. Curated by Pippa Skotnes (Director of the Centre for Curating the Archive, Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT) and Petro Keene of Iziko Social History, the exhibition will explore ways in which translations from and of the landscape have been made, and in so doing place images of rock art in the context of other forms of translation. Just as land and space are transformed into landscape, rock art copies are seen as acts of translation, primarily transforming the ‘unboundedness’ of the original paintings or engravings into the framed and recomposed images of the copy.

The exhibition showcases a diverse range of translations, including the works of copyists from the mid-19th to early 20th centuries. A collection by Leo Frobenius, who explored southern Africa during 1928 to 1930 with a team of ethnographers and artists, will reveal the remarkable large-scale copies his project produced.

Included in the exhibition are copies by, amongst others, George Stow, Helen Tongue, Dorothea Bleek, and Charles Schunke. It will also include the insights of contemporary scholars, historical and contemporary photographs, and translations of San texts and stories.

Made in Translation – Images from and of the Landscape opens to the public on Sunday, 21 November 2010 and will run until November 2011.

Image: Copy by Agnes Schulz from the site Qomoqomong Quthing District Lesotho (Detail) (Frobenius expedition 1928-1930)

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