Unbound City: Bo Kaap Museum hosts a performance by Thania Petersen

17 February 2024
18:30 – 20:30
The performance will take place once, once at 18:30 for half an hour and again at 19:30 for half an hour.
Bo Kaap Museum
71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, 8001, Cape Town, City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa

Hosted at the Bo Kaap Museum, Thania Petersen hosts a performance. Two performances will take place, each for half an hour.


This performance is an intimate look into the artist's process as she in collaboration with dancers and musicians to create a Mythological world. A reimagining of the history of the Cape which retells the stories of the Cape for its people rather than for its past oppressors.



Thania Petersen Bio


Thania Petersen is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses photography, performance and installation to address the intricacies and complexities of her identity in contemporary South Africa. Petersen’s reference points sit largely around the Indian Ocean , the precolonial histories between Africa and Asia highlighting religious and cultural movements. Islam is an important part of her work as she attempts to unpack contemporary trends of Islamophobia through her analysis of the continuing impact of colonialism, European and American imperialism, and the increasing influence of right-wing ideologies.


Threads in her work include the history of colonialist imperialism in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, as well as the social and cultural impact of westernised consumer culture. Her work is also informed by her Cape Malay heritage, and the practice of Sufi Islamic religious ceremonies.


Bo Kaap Museum


The Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum is one of the earliest homes built in the Bo-Kaap area, dating back to the mid-18th century. The museum, situated in the historic area that became home to many Muslims and freed slaves after the abolition of slavery, showcases local Islamic culture and heritage. The house was declared a National Monument in 1965 and restored in the 1970s.


The Museum was established in 1978 as a satellite of the SA Cultural History Museum. It was furnished as a house that depicts the lifestyle of a nineteenth-century Muslim family.


The Museum is managed by Iziko Museums, an amalgamation of five national museums that includes the SA Cultural History Museum and its satellites. The museum is a social history museum that tells the story of the local community within a national socio-political and cultural context. Originally furnished as a house, it depicted, in a picturesque and stereotypical way, the lifestyle of a nineteenth-century Cape Muslim family.


The Bo-Kaap itself is well worth a visit. Colourful houses, steep cobbled streets, the muezzin’s calls to prayer, and children traditionally dressed for Madrassa, add to this unique Cape experience.

Bo Kaap Museum
71 Wale St, Schotsche Kloof, 8001, Cape Town, City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa
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