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Untitled II

Senzeni Marasela2009

Johannesburg Art Gallery

Johannesburg Art Gallery

This embroidery depicts an outline of Sarah Baartman, a young Khoi woman kidnapped from South Africa and displayed in Europe as 'The Hottentot Venus'. It is inspired by a 19th century french print in which Sarah Baartman is nude, being gawked at by a group of european aristocrats. The red on the white handkerchief becomes symbolic of the violence acted out against Sarah Baartman and her dignity as a woman of colour.

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  • Title: Untitled II
  • Creator: Senzeni Marasela
  • Date Created: 2009
  • Location: Johannesburg Art Gallery
  • Medium: Mixed media and fabric

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