6 December 2018

South Africa: 'Inter-Resting Times' Exhibition Restores a Touch of Dignity to Museum Life

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History has not been kind to museums since they were built on exploiting cultures and objectifying the other. As a curator and woman of colour, Annelize Kotze is at the fore of attempting to change that image and 'Inter-RESTING Times' represents that attempt at transformation.

The room is draped in dark curtains, and the boxes are open a sliver, arranged to follow the curve of the room. The boxes are part of an exhibition that was inspired by the repatriation of the remains of Sarah Baartman - of whom renowned poet Diana Ferrus wrote in 1998, "I've come to take you home - home, remember the veld?"

Annelize Kotze, the curator of Inter-RESTING Times, which is on display at the Cape of Good Hope Castle as part of the Iziko museum, says that for her, the significance of the exhibition was a personal journey.

According to Kotze, Inter-RESTING Times came about due to growing awareness among the public that museums house human remains obtained under dubious circumstances. Iziko's Archaeology collection records cases of South African remains which were stolen...

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