A review of Slavery at the Rijksmuseum, 9 July 2021
Dr Carine Zaayman reviews the Slavery exhibition staged at the Rijksmuseum. This exhibition features the Oranje Zicht Slave Bell, that was displayed as part of the Under Cover of Darkness exhibition.
Under Cover of Darkness features in Crispian Olver’s book, ‘A House Divided’, 17 October 2019 (launch)
In his book, which takes the 2018 Cape Town water crisis as its point of departure, Olver uncovers a pandora’s box of backstabbing, in-fighting and backroom deals within the Democratic Alliance. On pages 30 to 33 of the publication, he discusses the history of slavery in the city, and uses a visit to the Under Cover of Darkness exhibition and an interview with its curator, to illustrate how the weight of this history still bears heavily on the city in the present day.
Extract: “Slaves were denied any recognition of rights and even humanity, and instead treated as property that could be disposed of or sold on their owner’s whim. This was graphically brought home to me by a moving exhibition about women slaves in the Cape, called ‘Under Cover of Darkness’, in September 2018. As I walked around the exhibition, fittingly housed in the old Slave Lodge at the top of Adderley Street, I was chilled to the bone reading about the lives of women whose humanity had been stripped from them.”
New additions to the Under Cover of Darkness project team, 13 January 2021
The Centre for Curating the Archive’s Nina Liebenberg and Jade Nair have joined the Under Cover of Darkness curatorial team. They are working alongside curator, Dr Carine Zaayman, and exhibition producer, Josie Grindrod, to extend the scope of the project.
The Understudied History of Enslaved Women in Colonial Cape Town, 29 August 2019
Hyperallergic’s Susan Silas reviews Under Cover of Darkness