Memorial Exhibition Launched To Commemorate UCT Fire



A memorial exhibition has been launched just over a year on from the devastating fire that ripped through the parts of the University of Cape Town's upper campus.





One of the hardest hit in the blaze was the Jagger Library.  The building was gutted and irreplaceable collections of published materials, artworks and archival collections were lost.

The Jagger Memorial exhibition which was launched this week at the Michaelis Galleries, will be open to the public and will run until 14 May 2022.

The exhibition titled “Of Smoke and Ash” was curated by Dr Duane Jethro and Ms Jade Nair of the Centre for Curating the Archive.

The Centre of Curating the Archive explained that the exhibitions will honour and commemorate the unwavering energy and dedication of UCT librarians and archivists who assisted with the salvage operations.

They added, “It is a celebration of the triumph of the UCT community spirit at a time of incredible tragedy”.

UCT’s Vice Chancellor Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng has encouraged members of the public to visit the memorial.

Phakeng said, “Even when the records of ancient knowledge have been destroyed, the memory of that knowledge holds us accountable. As an African institution of learning, we have a responsibility to that knowledge and to the world that is envisioned in that knowledge”.





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