Background to the Voices of Women Museum… A Living Archive
The Voices of Women (Amazwi Abesifazane) is a decade-long project that began as the brainchild of Andries Botha who, after attending the Truth and Reconcilliation (TRC) hearings in South Africa, developed a creative methodology as a means for women’s memory to be recounted and held in trust as part of the memory archive of South Africa for future posterity. The Project has worked closely with many key stakeholders and partners and has run many workshops in different provinces throughout South Africa over this past decade. To culminate this substantial work done by among others, Janine Zagel, Leonard Zulu, Tholakele Mdakane, Mrs Gumbushe and Martha Webber and to give it a permanent home, the Amazwi Abesifazane – Voices of Women project has established South Africa’s first Women’s Museum or Living Archive in KwaZulu Natal.
About the Voices of Women
Selected artworks from the Voices of Women Collection will from time to time be featured in curated exhibitions, inviting new conversations on pertinent women’s issues. This will be initiated through the Voices of Women Museum or through national and international invitations.
The Voices of Women vision is to take on the challenge of becoming an educational and exhibition space and eventually, a centre of excellence for research on women’s creative work in South Africa.
The Voices of Women mission is to protect and conserve the Collection and Archive and to build on this decade-long work. It holds this work in substance and partnership with respect to all the women it represents for the benefit of all.
About its home
The Voices of Women Archive and Collection is currently housed at the Phansi Museum in Glenwood, Durban. It has graciously been afforded a space at Stoneford, in the beautiful Valley of a Thousand Hills. We hope to occupy this temporary space within this year and later to develop its more permanent residence at the site.