𝗔𝗳𝗿𝗶𝗰𝗮 𝗠𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗵: 𝗔 𝗙𝗼𝗰𝘂𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗢𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀
During Africa Month, the KZN Museum celebrates the connections between KZN and the rest of the African continent. We explore these connections through objects in our anthropology collection.
Justine Wintjes and Dimakatso Tlhoaele, along with Jessica Draper from the Centre for Visual Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, devised a project for this year’s postgraduate students in History of Art. Each student gets to choose an object from the Museum collection to research for the entire year.
A single object might seem like a very limited focus, but it contains an infinite amount of information and has a unique story that the students, working like forensic detectives, have to try to uncover.
𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝘄𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝗿𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗸𝘀, 𝘀𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝗮𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝗰𝘂𝗹𝗽𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗯𝘆 𝗣𝗶𝗲𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘇𝗯𝘂𝗿𝗴 𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝘀𝘁 ‘𝗖𝗵𝗶𝗰𝗸𝗲𝗻𝗺𝗮𝗻’ 𝗠𝗸𝗵𝗶𝘇𝗲, 𝗮𝗻 𝘂𝗸𝗵𝗮𝗺𝗯𝗮 𝗯𝘆 𝗣𝗲𝗻𝗶 𝗠𝗮𝗚𝘂𝗺𝗯𝗶 𝗠𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻𝗷𝘄𝗮, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗻 𝗶𝗻𝗴𝗰𝗮𝘆𝗶 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗴𝗻𝗮𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗮𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗻 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗠𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻. 𝗢𝗹𝗱𝗲𝗿 𝗼𝗯𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗹𝘂𝗱𝗲 𝗮 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝘆 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗘𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗹𝗲, 𝗮𝗻 𝘂𝗻𝘂𝘀𝘂𝗮𝗹 𝘄𝗼𝗼𝗱𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗼 𝗷𝗮𝗿 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗭𝘂𝗹𝘂𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱, 𝗮 𝗰𝗼𝘄-𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗲𝗱 𝗽𝗶𝗽𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 ‘𝗕𝗲𝗰𝗵𝘂𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱’, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮 𝗬𝗼𝗿𝘂𝗯𝗮 𝗯𝗼𝘄𝗹-𝗯𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗶𝗴𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗮.
𝐼𝑛 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑘𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛𝑎𝑙 𝑙𝑜𝑐𝑘𝑑𝑜𝑤𝑛 ℎ𝑎𝑠 𝑝𝑟𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑠𝑢𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑜𝑏𝑗𝑒𝑐𝑡𝑠, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑟 𝑤𝑜𝑟𝑘 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑢𝑒𝑠 … 𝑤𝑎𝑡𝑐ℎ 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑝𝑎𝑐𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎 𝑟𝑒𝑝𝑜𝑟𝑡-𝑏𝑎𝑐𝑘.