Photographers: Paul Grendon & Tina Smith
USAKOS – Photographs Beyond Ruins: The Old Location Albums
USAKOS – Photographs Beyond Ruins: The Old Location Albums, 1920’s-1960 Exhibition opened at the District Six Museum in February 2016. This was the month that marked 50 years since District Six was declared a White Group Area in 1966, and the exhibition formed part of the broader commemorative programme that took place during that month.
Curated by Paul Grendon, Giorgio Miescher, Lorena Rizzo and Tina Smith, this exhibition emerged from a collaboration between the District Six Museum, the Museums Association of Namibia, the Centre for African Studies at the University of Basel and the University of Namibia.
The exhibition is
This exhibition is a mobile version of the permanent exhibition housed at the Usakos Municipal Building, Namibia.
Usakos developed as one of the main hubs of first the German colonial and later the South African railway system. Its urban morphology was marked by the policies of segregation and Apartheid urban planning. The exhibition highlights a particularly traumatic moment in the town´s
The four women and their photographic collections are part of a trans-generational practice of collecting and curating. Since their lives and those of their fellow residents have been deeply marked by the experience of forced removals, and concurrently by economic decay and socio-cultural disruption, their collections have become part of diverse discourses and practices of commemoration and
The women´s care for the photographs – the ways in which for several decades they have placed them in albums, displayed them in living rooms, shared them in conversations with family, friends
Prior to the 2016 opening at the Museum, the permanent exhibition was opened in the Usakos Municipality Building in June 2015. The exhibition will remain in Usakos and will be integrated into the future local museum when its development is complete.
After its launch at the District Six Museum, it has since travelled to the University of the Western Cape Library in August 2016 and then moved to the Room Gallery, Johannesburg in November 2017. Thereafter it travelled to the Ditsong National Museum of Cultural History in Pretoria in February 2017. In July 2017 it opened at the Camoês-Centro Cultural Portugês in Maputo, Mozambique.
The mobile exhibition was returned to the Museums Association of Namibia in August 2017