The (re)presentation of the Table on which Piet Retief and Dingane signed the treaty
Source: South Africa House. Their goal is to keep the Dutch people interested in the South of Africa.
The original copy of the copied Traktaat, 100 grams sketch paper, 211 mm x 325 mm
The original copy of the copied Traktaat, 300 grams drawing paper, 148 mm x 234 mm
The original copy of the copied Traktaat,180 grams handmade paper, 210 mm x 290 mm
The side of the event tat tells the story from The side of the event that tells the story from
the Voortrekkers perspective. the Zulu perspective.
Source: Google Maps Source: Google Maps
Old South African history book 1974 New South African history book 2003
Retief is represented as a hero and This history book describe Retief a foolish men
Dingane is the bad guy. and Dingane as a men who protected his land
Installation view, collage Dingane, presentation Zuid-Afrikahuis
Installation view, collage Retief, presentation Zuid-Afrikahuis
Installation view, presentation Zuid-Afrikahuis
Installation view, detail 'The (re)presentation', presentation Zuid-Afrikahuis
Installation view, The (re)pressantation, presentation Zuid-Afrikahuis 2016
The (re)presantation of die Traktaat, In 1938 during a exhibition in Amsterdam, die Traktaat that was signed by P. Ritief an Dingane in 1839 was shown in Display No. 1 The exhibition was organized by the 'Zuid Afrikaanse Studenten Vereneging Amsterdam' that is now part of 'Zuid Afrika Huis'.
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How is the history of the contract being told? How has this story been altered through the years? What are the facts and what is fiction? These were the questions that preoccupied me during the research for my project ‘Die Traktaat’.
This contract (Die Traktaat) is a contract signed by Piet Retied and Dingaan on February 4th 1838 in which allowed the Voortrekkers to settle in the land of the Zulus. All the available information known about the contract, the death of Piet Retief and the battle at the Blood River originate from sources that have been drawn, written or passed on by word of mouth. And the voice of the Voortrekkers was a long time dominant over the Zulus.
In order to make their voices heard, the Zulus build a museum in 1998 next to the Blood River in response to the museum of the Voortrekkers across the street. Both museums tell the location’s history from their own perspective. ‘Die Traktaat’ tells a story about the representation of historic events in which the viewer might wonder what’s fact or fiction.