In the words of Vincent Kolbe, a former resident of District Six and a founding member of the museum: “The museum represents a living memorial and is more than just a static display. Through this space we have created an arena which enables us to reaffirm our identity, celebrate our heritage and confront the complexities of our history.”
District Six was one of the more well-known of the despicable socio-geographic engineering endeavors of the apartheid government. Better known because it was so brazenly open, on the slopes of Table Mountain, where everybody could see, and where everybody was affected. 60 000 people of colour were forcibly removed and marginalized to the furthest outskirts of the city, effectively laying waste to vast tracts of vibrant culture, homes and lives.
The museum was established in 1994 to memorialize this event and the lessons we need to derive from it. Since then a large number of South African visual and conceptual artists, sculptors, curators, painters, musicians, writers, students and teachers have left their creative expressions on these walls and in these spaces.
It is a sobering experience, juxtaposed by the love and creativity shown by the artists, perhaps the best way to fight the bulldozers is with the brush and the mind.
Tel: +27 21 466 7200
Location: 25A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town