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About PhansiArt museum
Phansi goes Phezulu is an exciting campaign to digitise the vast collection of the Phansi Ubuntu Art museum
Phansi goes Phezulu.
Phansi goes Phezulu is an exciting campaign to digitise the vast collection of the Phansi Ubuntu Art museum, which includes field collected indigenous artworks from all over southern africa and in other parts of Africa. To produce a digital archive of documents and notes on collecting and thousands of ethnographic hardcopy slides and photographs that otherwise, would not have been accessible to the general public. The idea was to make the museum accessible online for art lovers to be able to enjoy it from the comforts of their homes through a series of Online – Exhibitions and for lovers of knowledge and art to watch and listen to collectors talk about the different artefacts and the regions and people they originate from. The project was conceived during the 2020 global spread of the Covid-19 Pandemic as a response to the lockdown which restricted movement.
The project is both an artistic exercise and an edutainment tool, It was financed by the South African governments Presidential Employment Stimulus Project which sought to alleviate the financial woes faced by the south african people after the hard lockdown and also create new skills and employment for young creatives who were the most affected by the shutdown of the creative economy.
Our Amazing Team
Meet the super-cool team that put this exciting campaign together,
both young and old, sharing knowledge and imparting skills.
“'I’m very happy to get this opportunity in the project,It helped me a lot as I'm talking I'm financially relieved ,and to my siblings of four including me, and it helped me to renovate some of the things at home,And for being an assistant in the research team, I have gained more knowledge during this Project. Now I can also help other people to grow.
I was very excited to be a part of the project “Phansi Goes Phezulu” as I have added a whole new set of skills that would have taken me a long time to learn on my own. I have also been granted the opportunity alleviate my financial situation”
The Project changed my theoretical knowledge into practical experience. As students, we were taught in university how to classify and catalogue, but there are few who are employed to practise it. The project gave me that opportunity to build a library from scratch.
Having witnessed the inception and growth of the Phansi Museum, I feel honoured to be part of the next phase of the museum’s development, namely the Phansi Goes Phezulu project, imparting skills and knowledge to the interns and contributing to the archiving process which now includes various collections, including my Masters and PhD research material, in the Phansi Resource Centre.
Dr Len Rosenberg
Architect & Author