Exhibit-S, 'Ode to Saartjie Baartman by a black South African woman' is a poetic performance piece inspired by misrepresention, art and the story of a young woman.
Born exactly 200 years before me in 1789, Saartjie Baartman was a khoikhoi woman from the Eastern Cape. Like me she was also orphaned as a child. She lived to be only 24, after a life of seemingly neverending struggle and lies.
She was bought as a showpiece by an Englishman and smuggled to England never to set foot on her home soil again. She was supposedly well treated, paid, housed and respected by her "owners."
This is her story fused with mine and told through, speech, skin, and movement.
Press release provided by Thola Antamu.