LFO – 17 juli – seminar

Seminar by professor  Flip Bool

Photography, building and conserving collections
17 July  2008

location: Centre for Curating the Archive
Old Medical School Building on the Hiddingh Campus
University of Cape towm
South Africa


The Centre for Curating the Archive has been established as a vehicle for the conservation and creative use of both object, image and paper collections. It is located in the Old Medical School Building on the Hiddingh Campus and space has been allocated for storage, documentation, the planning and constructing of exhibitions, research and teaching. Fundamental to its establishment is the recognised need to provide optimum conditions for the long term storage of collections while at the same time making them accessible for scholars and students. The latter is to be achieved through the high-quality documentation of collections, the production of digital archives, publications and the staging of exhibitions and public events. At the heart of the Centre is the understanding of collections and archives as important sites of knowledge, and as products of both the traditions of art, ideas and values, and of social and political circumstances.

Significant projects have already been realised, notably the publication of the major part of the Bleek and Lloyd archive, and the CCA is currently working on projects to conserve and digitize collections numbering tens of thousands of documents. A new initiative to secure photographic collections and build on those already part of the CCA, will see to the conservation and exposure of a significant part of South African heritage, and ensure that important bodies of visual knowledge do not leave the country. Already the CCA has secured the South Collection and is currently working to organise its 30 000 images representing twenty five photographers. The CCA will house and curate Paul Weinberg¹s San archive. The CCA also manages and curates the University¹s print collection including over 1200 etchings, relief prints, lithographs, screen and digital prints, and portfolios by local and international artists. Several exhibitions and projects have emerged from this part of the CCA including the commissioning of wwork and the publication of special books and portfolios. For the purposes of conservation Centre works with master conservator Johann Maree.

Director: Pippa Skotnes
Senior curator: Paul Weinberg
Print Cabinet curators: Stephen Inggs and Pippa Skotnes


More information: click to send email or call the office of the research group Photography:
Wilma Diepens – +31 88 5 257 370 (mon/tues/wednesday)