Under Cover of Darkness is a project concerned with the history of women in servitude, especially slavery, in Cape Town. In its first manifestation, the project was realized as an exhibition at the Iziko Slave Lodge, which drew on the collections of the Iziko Social History Centre. The exhibition is not considered to be a static instantiation. Instead, the space is conceived to function as a prompt for continuing engagement with this history and continues to be used as a venue to stage panel discussions, meetings and performances. The project seeks to bring into consciousness the legacies of slavery in postapartheid Cape Town.

It is with great sadness that the Under Cover of Darkness team learnt of Ruvimbo Tenga’s passing on 8 June 2022. Our deepest sympathies to all who loved her. We were honoured by her presence and contribution to our symposium in 2021, and remain inspired by her advocacy and activism. SWEAT has set up a memorial page, as well as a funding drive towards Ruvimbo’s memorial, burial, and to provide support to her children. Please consider donating.


Here are a few images from the exhibition. Please click the button below should you wish to see the full collection.



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