Collections create connections : stitching the lives of marginalised women on the national memory canvas

Show simple item record Van der Merwe, Ria 2015-08-19T06:41:22Z 2015-08-19T06:41:22Z 2015-07
dc.description.abstract In his work Past beyond memory: Evolution, museums, colonialism, Tony Bennett asks how museums can ‘shed the legacy of evolutionary conceptions and colonial science, so that they can contribute to the development and management of cultural diversity more effectively’. This question is of particular pertinence in the South African context where for a long time the material found in public or governmentfunded museums on those not from the dominant sectors of society presented these marginalised people as ‘objects rather than citizens and individual actors in their own right’. Issues of inclusion or connection and exclusion are central to democracy – who feels connected to civil society, who does not, and why? Who feels their voice is heard and who does not? Over the past few decades a number of community embroidery projects have been initiated in formerly marginalised areas. These projects have made a name for themselves in terms of their artistic merit and have participated in exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Proponents of these initiatives claim that they go beyond connecting these craft artists with a wider audience. This paper will discuss how these collections of embroidered story cloths can contribute to a more inclusive society by combatting disadvantage, empowering communities and developing social capital so that people can have an informed involvement in the creation of an inclusive South African national memory. en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2016-12-30 en_ZA
dc.description.librarian hb2015 en_ZA
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dc.identifier.citation Ria van der Merwe (2015) Collections create connections: stitching the lives of marginalised women on the national memory canvas, Museum Management and Curatorship, 30:4, 268-282, DOI: 10.1080/09647775.2015.1043022. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0964-7775 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1872-9185 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/09647775.2015.1043022
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Routledge en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015 Taylor & Francis. This is an electronic version of an article published in Museum Management and Curatorship, vol. 30, no. 4, pp. 268-282, 2015. doi : 10.1080/09647775.2015.1043022. Museum Management and Curatorship is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Museums en_ZA
dc.subject Post-colonialism en_ZA
dc.subject Community development projects en_ZA
dc.subject Embroidery projects en_ZA
dc.subject Democratisation en_ZA
dc.subject Inclusion en_ZA
dc.title Collections create connections : stitching the lives of marginalised women on the national memory canvas en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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