Remembering Saartjie Baartman by Zethu Maseko

I  wish to support, highlight and gain funding for the onward journey of a local artist Zethu Maseko.

Who am I:
As  a resident in South Tottenham, we have been involved with others in the community raising awareness of the issues surrounding the lives of black people facing racism in our society.

Who will benefit:

This  fund raising in to benefit the artistic work of Zethu Maseko who is a rising artist, whose work has been part of an exhibition at the community centre , the Lordship Hub. The exhibition of her work that commemorates Saartjie Baartman, as part of Black History Month was opened on October 30th 2020
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"The piece commemorates a young woman my age, named Saartjie Bartman, who was taken from the Eastern Cape to London in 1810, to be exhibited for her bodily features. She was exhibited across Europe from the age of 20 until her death aged 25 and then she was dissected and her body parts continued to exhibited in France until 1974. That is 159 years after she actually died. Her story represents how enslaving African people was excused by presenting them as subhuman specimens to be exhibited … so when I was thinking about what I wanted to commemorate with this quilt I’ve found I kept thinking of my own heritage in the cape region, how the objectification of black women’s bodies still continues today and how this is rooted in the colonial and patriarchal gaze."  - Zethu Maseko speaking about the work

Due to covid19 restrictions,  ongoing access is closed but will be opening again when lock down is released.

Zethu describes herself as a Cultural worker, artist, curator and is founder and practicing member of North London Creative Resistance. She graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2020 with a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine Art and on graduating was awarded the Nicholas and Andrie Tooth Travelling Scholarship and selected for New Contemporaries 2020. For recognition of her workshops, she received the Young Achiever Future Leader Award from Universal Peace Federation at UK Parliament 2019.

Here is a link to her website: 
Below are some images of her work and the Saartjie Baartman quilt.

 Zethu was awarded the Nicholas and Andrie Tooth Travelling Scholarship  from Goldsmiths University to develop her practice in South Africa and on return, present the work in June 2021 at Goldsmiths Undergraduate Degree Show.  This award only covers basic expenses and wouldn't cover the funds for equipment and resources that she needs to complete the trip as planned on time for her deadline. Covid19 and lockdown has made it increasingly difficult to work and raise funds.

What the funds are needed for:
1)Short film production expenses
2)Textile equipment and materials: Tufting Gun, Yarns, Tufting frame 

Any help would be much appreciate! Please share and donate where you can. 

Thank you for reading, 
In love and Solidarity

Sara Mokone

52453702_1605010923931050_r.jpeg52453702_1606491290435360_r.jpegSaartjie Baartman quilt^

52453702_1606491177141152_r.jpeg^Work by Zethu titled: Womb Tug of War (200x150cm)


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  • Cathy Oleary 
    • £50 
    • 1 mo
  • Deborah McManamon 
    • £25 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • £20 
    • 1 mo
  • Vivienne Davy 
    • £20 
    • 1 mo
  • Clive Hadleigh 
    • £20 
    • 1 mo
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Fundraising team (3)

Sara Mokone 
Raised £75 from 5 donations
London, Greater London, United Kingdom
Zethu Maseko 
Alison Davy 
Team member
Raised £55 from 3 donations
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