For­get­ting Ntaba kaN­doda

Grocott's Mail - - ARTSLIFE - STAFF RE­PORTER

Mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­vited to the open­ing of Artist Thando Mama’s ex­hi­bi­tion, For­get­ting Ntaba kaN­doda tonight Fri­day 9 Fe­bru­ary at 5.30pm at the Al­bany Mu­seum.

Mama says, “Ntaba kaN­doda has long been con­sid­ered by amaXhosa as a place of sanc­tu­ary. The Ntaba kaN­doda Mon­u­ment, of­fi­cially opened on 14 Au­gust 1981, sits on this moun­tain, an enigma for vis­i­tors and lo­cals alike and a sym­bol of unity for the pseudo-na­tion­al­i­ties of the for­mer Ciskei Ban­tus­tan. Its ex­is­tence cloaks the graves of long-dead war­riors buried on its grounds, as their sto­ries wither from our col­lec­tive mem­ory.”

In a se­ries of mul­ti­lay­ered pho­to­graphs, the ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plores no­tions of place, mem­ory and memo­ri­al­i­sa­tion.

“Un­like stones that are thrown esi-Vi­va­neni to be for­got­ten, my pho­to­graphs of the Ntaba kaN­doda Mon­u­ment counter the pass­ing of time that has eroded our mem­ory of this sa­cred place, and ac­knowl­edge the neg­li­gence that has robbed us of our her­itage.”

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