A Khoisan Woman

Summerhall Festival - Radio Studio


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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