• Galleries

    Chamber of Dreams

    The Van Kalker photographic collection is a vault of private moments in which special events such as weddings, birthdays, graduations and christenings were immortalised and memorialised. They offer an intimate yet still unfolding account of the city of Cape Town and its people.

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    Spring Queen Portraits

    The Spring Queen beauty contest has been held since the late 1970s - Cape Town garment and textile factory workers from the Cape Flats to Atlantis have participated in the fashion competition, representing their respective factories.

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    HuisKombuis

    The HuisKombuis Design and Craft Memory Project was launched in March 2006. It was conceived as a transformative space where memory is performed and creatively re-appropriated through reviving traditional home based crafts like embroidery, sewing and appliqué work.

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    Fields of Play

    The District Six Museum opened its doors in the old church of the Central Methodist Church Mission at 25A Buitenkant Street on the 10 December 1994. The exhibition with which it opened was called Streets: retracing District Six.

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    District Six Public Sculpture Festival


    For fifteen years, tracts of land in District Six have stood empty in response to a community's anguish. Until the recent process towards restitution, there has been a strong reluctance to disturb the silent witness of this political landscape.

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    Offside: Kick Ignorance Out! Football Unites, Racism Divides

    This year’s [2010] World Cup provides a chance for people to see what happens on the field of play and learn about South Africa’s rich history. The Offside exhibition brings this idea and offers an exciting history of some of our nation’s pioneering players.

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    The Last Days of District Six



    The exhibition The Last Days of District Six showcased 60 photographs of the District by architect Jan Greshoff. Greshoff explored this part of the city through the viewfinder of his camera.

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    Going and coming back: Photographs of
    1950’s Cape Town
    Photographs by Bryan Heseltine

    In the late 1940s and early 1950s the South African-born, English-educated photographer Bryan Heseltine made a series of extraordinary photographs in and around Cape Town, a city in the midst of profound transformation following the rapid urbanisation of the post-war years and the election of the racist National Party government in 1948.

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    Hanover street


    District Six, the east end of Cape Town city, was a hub of sound and activity. Through its heart flowed Hanover Street. Buses weaved precariously through impatient vehicles and jostling shoppers. Voices of people shouting from balconies and competitive barks of vendors below punctuated the general din.

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    District Six "No matter where we are, we are here."

    District Six was considered to be a health hazard and crime-ridden from the point of view of the residents; it certainly was a crowded place in which people lived cheek by jowl.

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    2012 District Six: People lived here.
    Photographs by Jansje Wissema

    The Dutch photographer Jansje Wissema was commissioned by the then Cape Institute of Architects (now the Cape Institute for Architecture) to record District Six in the 1970s when it was known that the government was intent on destroying the area. Her iconic images of the place and its people have remained as a powerful chronicle of the area capturing the essence of this once-vital area.

    The Cape Institute for Architecture in conjunction with the District Six Museum collaborated with the South African Centre for Photography to present an exhibition during the Cape Town Month of Photography, MOP5, of 40 of these digital photographic prints to the public for the first time.

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