Exhibit Opening: Kalahari Perspectives: Anthropology, Photography, and the Marshall Family


Saturday, September 29, 2018, 9:00am to 5:00pm


Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Tsamgao, ≠Toma’s  son,  with  his  homemade  clay camera, 1955New exhibition open daily, 9:00am-5:00pm from September 29, 2018 to March 31, 2019

Presented by the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology.
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The new exhibition will explore the photographic representation of Kalahari people known as the Ju/’hoansi and /Gwi of Namibia. Once pejoratively called Bushmen, they have been—throughout history—photographed and otherwise imaged in an effort to exploit and colonize them. In the 1950s, the Marshall family, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, launched an effort to document the lives of these people before they were forever transformed. Culled from over 45,000 images, Kalahari Perspectives presents a select subset of the Marshalls’ photography and guides visitors through a process of actively “reading” the images to better understand their potential to transform perception.