Selling the Shadow | Group Show: Cape Town

23 November 2016 - 7 January 2017

The exhibition is thematically based on nineteenth century Black American abolitionist Sojourner Truth’s (c.1797 – 1870) carte-de-visite, a 2 1/2 x 4 inch photograph mounted on thick card stock commonly traded or sold from its height of popularity in 1859 through to the early 1900s. Along with a portrait of herself with personal effects, Truth’s multiple cartes contained the text “I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance”. Scholarship around this extraordinary archival image speaks to Truth’s sale of her likeness as a means for funding her anti-slavery and women’s rights activism.