Forgetting Ntaba kaNdoda
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.”