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Proclamation 73: Forgotten people returned to history - Mia Arderne

Imagine being in your local museum, but the people represented on the walls don’t look like you. In South Africa, for many of us, we don’t have to imagine it and a new exhibition that opened this week at the Durban Art Gallery adds its voice to the growing chorus of work correcting the error of representation.Proclamation 73 explores memory, erasure and home by drawing on the family album as a source of history.

Storyteller began his journey on a ‘dark, dark night’ - Dinika Govender

Botswana storyteller Tanlume Enyatseng is becoming himself, and he will not have it any other way. This sentence won Enyatseng a spot in his school’s newsletter, its public ­noticeboard and his English teacher’s heart. He was five or six years old, too young to comprehend the beginnings of an obsession with storytelling and too perplexed by the attention he received for ­completing what was, to him, a “very simple classroom exercise”.

Coolie Woman and me - Dinika Govender

Sugarcane has always been a part of my story. Fruit, vegetables and a few hundred gods, too. As the daughter of indentured sugarcane labourers on my father’s side and a farming family on my mother’s side, my very existence is a product of at least five generations of ownership and indenture, of farmhouses and barracks, of Indian blood and English morals, of Coolie-tude and Gandhi-tude, from India to South Africa.
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