Sarah Baartman

Monday, September 20th, 2010

‘The Black Venus’

The 30-second trailer, above, for “Venus Noire” (Black Venus), the long-awaited film about the life of Sara Baartman, the 18th century young Khoi woman publicly exhibited as a circus freak in Europe and whose sexual organs were prodded and examined by racist French scientists to prove the Khoi’s close relation to animals. The film is

Monday, February 15th, 2010

The Meanings of Sara Baartman

My friend, Gabeba Baderoon, is organizing a one-day colloquium on “The Meanings of Saartje (Sara) Baartman,” scheduled for March 1st at Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA. The meeting will focus on Baartman (aka the “Hottentot...