25 June 2010

Museum shares photographic legacies with Upstart

By:Zongezile Matshoba

Catherine Lambley, the Albany Museum Education Officer, taught the Upstart group the meaning and the importance of the Shared Legacies Exhibition currently on at the History Museum. The exhibition is curated by Siona O’Connell and Dale Washkansky from UCT’s Centre for African Studies in Cape Town. It showcases photographs from the ethnographic collections of Edward Curtis and Alfred Duggan Cronin.

Upstart, the paper for the youth by the youth, is a youth newspaper project based at Grocott's Mail. The project began in 2007 when newspaper clubs were established amongst Grade 8, 9 and 10 learners in the historically disadvantaged high schools In Grahamstown.

The group, accompanied by Shirleen Badat, was asked to look around, and try to get a better understanding of the pictures. Lambley then invited them to sit down and have discussion. The work of anthropologists became clear. Many asked why the names of the people are not part of their photographs. Cultural issues were also raised.

For further details about Upstart, please visit:
http://www.grocotts.co.za/blogs/upstart

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