Iziko Receives Rockefeller Foundation Grant

  • Posted: Jun 24, 2014

Iziko Museums of South Africa has recently acquired the installation, There’s something I must tell you, by the artist Sue Williamson, with the assistance of a generous grant of $25,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation, secured via the Office of the CEO.There’s something I must tell youopens at the Iziko Slave Lodge on 27 June 2014 and will run until 30 June 2015.

This video installation presents a dialogue between an older generation of women who were at the forefront of the struggle against apartheid, and their born-free granddaughters, for whom the reality of apartheid may only exist in textbooks. An exhibition of this work, along with a linked series of portraits of iconic women who played a vital role in the fight for democracy, has been curated by Shanaaz Galant of the Iziko Social History Collections Department, in collaboration with the artist.

There’s something I must tell youreflects the determination and strength of women’s fight against apartheid. It resonates appropriately with the main theme of the Iziko Slave Lodge, as a museum that has transformed its legacy as a site of human wrongs, to one of human rights. Iziko’s CEO, Rooksana Omar said, “This exhibition is particularly significant as we mark 20 years of democracy. It not only requires us to reflect on democracy from different perspectives, but underlines the role of women. Women – the mothers, sisters, aunts and daughters – of South Africa were instrumental catalysts in the fight against apartheid. They have served as the foundation, support and drivers of change. It is imperative that we share their stories, recognise and acknowledge their contribution to society and our nation, and carry their legacy forward.”

One of the key priorities of the partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation and Iziko is to ensure access and exposure to this seminal work for audiences both locally and internationally. The theme of the exhibition will thus be further expanded and made accessible via a website, catalogue and Iziko’s educational programmes, that will facilitate inter-generational dialogue in response to the work, and will primarily target youth.

Director Institutional Advancement, Susan Glanville-Zini has noted, “Securing this grant is a significant step for Iziko, not only because it forms part of a growing pool of US donor funding, but also because it necessitated Iziko to secure 501(c)(3) equivalency determination, which is a requirement to qualify for any major US funding. This will enable us to fundraise more proactively in the United States going forward.”

More about the Rockefeller Foundation

For more than 100 years, the Rockefeller Foundation’s mission has been to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Today, they pursue this mission through dual goals: advancing inclusive economies that expand opportunities for more broadly shared prosperity, and building resilience by enabling people, communities and institutions to be prepared for, withstand, and emerge stronger from shocks and chronic stresses.


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