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  • Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, Hoping for the Future, 2008, lithograph, 20 7⁄8 × 15 1⁄8". From “I’ve Come to Take You Home.”

    Mmakgabo Helen Sebidi, Hoping for the Future, 2008, lithograph, 20 7⁄8 × 15 1⁄8". From “I’ve Come to Take You Home.”

    “I’ve come to take you home”

    Michaelis Galleries
    31-37 Orange Street Hiddingh Campus, University of Cape Town
    February 13–March 24, 2020

    Curated by Amogelang Maledu

    In 2015, Rhodes Must Fall, a then discrete movement against a colonial-era statue that stood on the campus of the elite University of Cape Town, seeded a nationwide protest against racism, fees, curricula, and labor practices. UCT’s activist students later burned twenty-four artworks and vandalized a photography exhibition, and a subsequent inquiry by the university found that work by white artists comprised nearly 80 percent of the school’s collection. This survey, the title of which derives from a joyous 2018 drawing by Lady Skollie, features works by twenty-five artists recently acquired by UCT as part of an ongoing act of restorative justice. Along with fellow alumna Buhlebezwe Siwani, Skollie represents a new feminist vanguard; the healthy pan-African selection, including Ethiopian photographer Aïda Muluneh, signals geographic redress as well.