Walkabout of Fragile Histories| Fugitive Lives
Iziko Slave Lodge, 1 August 2014 at 14:00
Join artist curator, Professor Keith Dietrich on Friday, 1 August 2014 for a walkabout of the exhibition, Fragile Histories|Fugitive Lives. The exhibition is currently on display at the Iziko Slave Lodge until 31 August.
Fragile Histories|Fugitive Lives narrates the tensions and textures of early colonial encounters at the Cape during the 18th century. The work alludes to the rich though unsettled histories of the people who inhabited this globalised space, characterised by an astonishing cultural, linguistic and religious diversity. The only traces left behind of many of these people are in the form of court records of criminal trials that took place at the Cape during the 1700s.
Comprising an artist’s book and four photo montages, the exhibition is informed by these trials, and the atrocious sentences that were meted out for transgressions against the social order of that time. Theimages on exhibition depict inscribed texts from the trials over the bodies of contemporary residents of the Western Cape – with agony and sorrow depicted as rays of energy radiating outwards from bodily organs.
During the 18th century, the Cape’s inhabitants included the indigenous Khoi and San people; slaves from Africa and the Indian subcontinent; slaves; political exiles and convicts from the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia); free blacks; slaves born at the Cape; Chinese and European visitors and settlers; and the offspring of the mixing of these groups.
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About Professor Keith Dietrich
Keith Dietrich was born in Johannesburg in 1950 and studied graphic design at Stellenbosch University, where he graduated with a BA degree in Visual Arts in 1974. Between 1975 and 1977 he studied painting at the National Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp, Belgium. In 1983, he obtained his MA in Fine Arts (cum laude) and his D Litt et Phil in Art History in 1993, both at the University of South Africa (Unisa). He has lectured at the University of Pretoria and Unisa, and is currently Chair of the Department of Visual Arts and Director of the Centre for Comic, Illustrative and Book Arts (CCIBA) at Stellenbosch University. He has participated in over 30 community interaction projects in southern Africa and has received a number of awards, in South Africa and abroad, for both his creative and academic work. He has curated 11 exhibitions, participated in over 70 group exhibitions and biennials in Africa, Europe, the United Kingdom and the USA, and has held 22 solo/two-person exhibitions in South Africa. His work is represented in 37 corporate and public collections in South Africa and abroad.
About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko)
Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium, the Social History Centre and three collection‑specific libraries in Cape Town. The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage. Iziko is a public entity and non-profit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure. The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium).Visit our webpage at www.iziko.org.za, join our online community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions.