Between 1653 and 1856, 71 000 slaves were brought to Cape Town and housed in the Slave Lodge, stripped of everything, including heir identities. The new exhibition, conceptualized by Gavin Wood of Geometry Global and photographed by David Prior, highlights the loss of identity, with a calendar.
Each month features a person who carries that month’s name. Slaves, brought to South Africa from predominantly Indian Ocean countries, were named according to the month they arrived, their real names discarded. This project, which consists of a Slave Calendar and Exhibition, uses the descendants of these slaves to tell their stories with audio and images, aimed at enlightening the present generation with historical events that has shaped our society.
The slave lodge is one of the oldest buildings in Cape Town. It has served many uses over its 300 year history such as the Slave Loge; a place where slaves were housed and auctioned off, government offices, the old Supreme Court, and the South African Cultural History Museum. The exhibition aims to memorialize the forgotten history of the South African slave trade.
Venue: Wilberforce Room, Iziko Slave Lodge Museum, Adderley St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town
Time: Mon to Sat 10am to 5pm