The Iziko Social History department presents Made in Translation – Images from and of the Landscape, which will open to the public at the Iziko South African Museum on 21 November 2010. Curated by Pippa Skotnes (Director of the Centre for Curating the Archive, Michaelis School of Fine Art, UCT) and Petro Keene of Iziko Social History, the exhibition will explore ways in which translations from and of the landscape have been made, and in so doing place images of rock art in the context of other forms of translation. Just as land and space are transformed into landscape, rock art copies are seen as acts of translation, primarily transforming the ‘unboundedness’ of the original paintings or engravings into the framed and recomposed images of the copy.
After an eight year tenure with Iziko Museums of Cape Town, Professor HC (Jatti) Bredekamp has retired as the Chief Executive Officer. This prolific educator, historian, researcher, writer and leader was appointed as the first black CEO of the organisation in 2002. He shares some of his experiences, recalling being impressed by the collective professional expertise within the organisation and its supporting services.
This November, In Context will be presented at the Iziko South African National Gallery, as a single and cohesive exhibition. Curated by Liza Essers, the exhibition will present work by a diverse group of contemporary international and South African artists who explore the dynamics and tensions of place, in reference to the African continent and its varied and complex iterations, and to South Africa in particular. The works – wide-ranging, frequently provocative – engage with a number of pressing questions about space, context, and geography.