Strong Woman, Strong World - Woman’s Day

  • Posted: Aug 9, 2018

Iziko Museums of South Africa celebrates National Woman’s Day on 9 August 2018. Access to selected Iziko museums and events is Free. In celebration of national icon, Ma Sisulu, Nonsikelelo Albertina Sisulu nee Thethiwe, Iziko will host a series of exciting events to honour the legacy of power, courage and philosophy of Strong Woman, Strong World. 

Iziko’s Woman’s Day programme comprises of several events at the South African Museum, National Gallery as well as the Slave Lodge. 

Candid Conversations about gender, womanhood and equality will take place at the Iziko South African National Gallery and the Slave Lodge. The event begins at ISANG at 10:30am and ends at the Iziko Slave Lodge in the courtyard at 1:30pm. Join SWEAT, the SistaazHood and photographer Robert A. Hamblin, for a candid conversation on Sex-Work & Trans Advocacy. The event, is in the ‘InterseXion’ exhibition - centered within Hamblin’s photographic images, voice and video installations pertaining to sex work in South Africa – in particular work with transgender women (male to female) who sell sex. 
The discussion will be facilitated by Prof Yaliwe Clarke and includes storytelling and perspectives by Angeline de Bruin (SWEAT), SistaazHood/Sisonke and Gender Dynamix. Members of the SistaazHood will be available in the ‘InterseXion’ exhibition space, for a free-flow ‘ask a sex-worker + booth’ session. Both the exhibition curator, Ingrid Masondo, as well as the artist, Robert Hamblin will be present to engage with public about the exhibition. 

The group will then move from ISANG to the Iziko Slave Lodge and will kick off an introduction to the exhibition: ‘I am what I am, curated by Lynn Abrahams. One of the participants will then share her personal journey. The two exhibitions ‘I am what I am’ and ‘InterseXion’ both form part of the discourse on sex-work, gender, transgender and heterosexual-LGBTIQ dynamics around social norms, roles and social conditioning versus the reality. These two exhibitions fulfill one of Iziko Museums’ missions, that of museums being spaces for contestation and representative of all. 

Woman’s day is also International day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. Iziko and the Supusupu Khoe Language Project will host a full day programme from 10am until 4pm. The prorgamme will take place in the Iziko South African Museum. A panel discussion will include historian, writer and researcher, Lucelle Campbell; Activist and community mobiliser, Shannice Appels; Associate professor, UCT Psychology department, Dr Floretta Boonzaier, and Executive director, The Trauma Centre, Valdi van Reenen. 
Denver van Breda will facilitate a creative writing workshop and Joce Engelbrecht will perform her poem ‘Boesman Myt.’ This vibrant programme will be followed by an open mic poetry session with Clare-ann Ward, Nadine Lottering aka Nay Artistica and Sophia Olifant & Shaun Warner. 
The Vox choral group will be performing in the Whale Well from 13:00 until 14:00. The choral group comprises of 20-25 singers will perform ten short pieces of music. All visitors to the ISAM are welcome to listen and enjoy this choral acoustic exploration of the natural world. 
Iziko Museums of South Africa continues to collaborate to find new ways to engage the public in conversation and solution and wishes you all a very happy Woman’s day for this 9 August 2018. Welcome to your museums and events absolutely FREE at selected Iziko venues on Woman’s day. 
ENDS 
Issued by: Tracey Heeger 
Communications Coordinator: Iziko Museums of South Africa 
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 481 3874 Cellphone: 082 403 0801 
Email: theeger@iziko.org.za Website http://www.iziko.org.za 
On behalf of: Office of the CEO, Iziko Museums of South Africa 

About Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) 
Iziko operates 11 national museums, the Planetarium and Digital Dome, the Social History Centre and three collection specific libraries in Cape Town. The museums that make up Iziko have their own history and character, presenting extensive art, social and natural history collections that reflect our diverse African heritage. Iziko is a public entity and public benefit organisation that brings together these museums under a single governance and leadership structure. The organisation allows *free access to all individuals on commemorative days, (*excluding the Castle of Good Hope, Groot Constantia and Planetarium and Digital Dome). Visit our webpage at www.iziko.org.zajoin our online community on Facebook (www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums) or follow us on Twitter (@Iziko_Museums) for regular updates on events, news and new exhibitions. 


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