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Title:Reading visual representations of 'Ndabeni' in the public realms
Author:Sambumbu, SipokaziISNI
Periodical:Kronos: Journal of Cape History (ISSN 0259-0190)
Geographic term:South Africa
social history
External link:http://www.scielo.org.za/pdf/kronos/v36n1/v36a09.pdf
Abstract:This essay outlines and analyses contemporary image representations of Ndabeni (also called kwa-Ndabeni), a location near South Africa's Cape Town where a group of people became confined between 1901 and 1936 following an outbreak of the bubonic plague in the city. This location was to shape Cape Town's landscape for a little less than thirty-five years, accommodating people who were forcibly removed from the Cape Town docklands and from District Six. Images representing this place have been produced, archived, recovered, modified, reproduced and circulated in different ways and contexts. Ndabeni has become public knowledge through public visual representations that have been produced across a range of sites in postapartheid Cape Town. The essay focuses on three sites: the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the District Six Museum, and the Eziko Restaurant and Catering School. In each case it analyses the processes through which the Ndabeni images in question have been used and reused over time in changing contexts. The essay analyses the 'modalities' in which these images have been composed, interpreted and employed and in which knowledge has been mediated, and explores the contents and contexts of the storyboards and exhibition panels that purport to represent Ndabeni. Finally, it discusses potential meanings that could be constructed if the images could be read independent of the texts. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]