The JRB presents an excerpt from Lost Libraries, Burnt Archives, an edited volume of short stories, artworks, poems and essays that engage with the tragic destruction of the African Studies Library at the University of Cape Town in April 2021.
Lost Libraries, Burnt Archives
Edited by Sindi-Leigh McBride and Julia Rensing
Michaelis Galleries, 2023
The book contains work by twenty-two contributors, including Koleka Putuma, Masande Ntshanga, Bongani Kona, and many more.
Lost Libraries, Burnt Archives is the result of a collaborative project with UCT, and responds to the ‘Of Smoke and Ash: Jagger Library Memorial Exhibition’ curated by Jade Nair and Duane Jethro at UCT.
This edited excerpt includes McBride and Rensing‘s Introduction; the essay ‘Photography and The Art of Archiving’, their interview with Lerato Maduna; and ‘Acts of Language, Acts of Image’, an essay with words by Danielle Bowler and artwork by Lady Skollie.
Read the excerpt:lost_lilbraries_burnt_archives_ebook-EXCERPT_JRB
Lost Libraries, Burnt Archives is available to download in full here.
The book also had a limited print run of one hundred copies, which were made freely available to university and public libraries, research institutions and specialised archives in South Africa and internationally. (Please contact the institution directly before visiting to confirm that the book has been shelved and is available.)