Human Rights Day 2018

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‘Images of Displacement’ is the name that was chosen for the visual art exhibition which opened on Human Rights Day at the Museum’s Homecoming Centre.

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Performance poet Monishia Schoeman added ‘food for thought’ to the exhibition opening.

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Curator and facilitator of the ‘Images of Displacement’ exhibition as well as the processes leading up to the opening, Scott Williams, sharing his reflections at the opening of the exhibition. District Six returnee Ms Susan Lewis next to the Museum’s head of education Mandy Sanger, to the left of the image. Archival staff member Ivor Solomons to the right of the image.

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Some of the attendees at the opening listening attentively to the inputs.

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DJ for the day, ‘Boeta Gee’ Graham Arendse

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One of the ‘Giemba Collective’ young artists, Babalwa Mni at the opening. The name ‘Giemba Collective’ was the name chosen by the young artists to identify themselves.

In the leaflet prepared for the opening they describe their choice in this way: ‘The Giemba Collective is the name which was spontaneously chosen by the workshop participants after one lunch time. Over the course of the workshop, Gatsby’s were a popular choice for the communal lunches. These didn’t last very long as the teenage and adolescent participants devoured every morsel. Giemba is a colloquial term for a glutton and while this term has negative connotations the youthful participants were joking about their appetite caused by hormonal changes in their bodies.

The symbolism of this name cannot be ignored. We are called the Giemba Collective because ‘Black kids stay hungry’ and as young people of colour there is a constant hunger for opportunity, for success, and for satisfied Human Rights’.

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