A Khoisan Woman

  • Summerhall - Radio Studio
  • 18:00
  • Aug 8
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: BBC
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Scenes of a Sexual Nature, Scenes of Violence
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  • Babes in arms policy: Babies are not allowed in the venue
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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Description

Her skin is black. Her hair is kinky. Her hips are wide. Her tongue clicks the songs of the Khoi language. Saartjie Baartman is the proud embodiment of the Khoisan women of South Africa. But in London 1810, she is the Hottentot Venus, a freak of race and sexuality. We see her displayed as a medical curiosity by British Army doctor Alexander Dunlop. Saartjie's black body has been prodded, whipped and mimicked for the audiences' amusement for years. Saartjie stands as the epitome of colonial exploitation, ridicule and commodification of black women.

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