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|description_of_content=This piece is a sculpture of historical figure, Sarah Baartman. Sarah was put on display for crowds of people in Europe. The Europeans were awestruck by her curvy figure and would pay large amounts of money to see her exotic figure. She was a part of a freak show until her death. Willie Bester identified with the deep rooted racism that went beyond Sarah's death and decided to create a sculpture of her as a way to represent his own struggles with racism and racial inequity.
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|description_of_content=This sculpture by the renowned South African artist Willie Bester is a depiction of historical figure Sarah Baartman (also spelled Sara, Saartje, Saartjie, and Bartman, Bartmann (1770s–29 December 1815), a South African Khoikhoi woman who, famously, due to her large buttocks, was exhibited as a freak show attraction in 19th-century Europe under the name "Hottentot Venus". Bester created the work as a way to represent his own struggles with racism and racial inequity.
 
|description_of_incident=On March 9th, 2016, students covered the piece as part of their procession to the Center for African Studies Gallery which was intended to commemorate the anniversary of the Rhodes statue being removed.
 
|description_of_incident=On March 9th, 2016, students covered the piece as part of their procession to the Center for African Studies Gallery which was intended to commemorate the anniversary of the Rhodes statue being removed.
|description_of_result=Bester was surprised and upset by the students' decision to cover his piece. He did not intend for the piece to offend people, rather he made the piece about himself. He believed that there were many better ways of expressing offense for the piece other than merely covering it. This had a chilling effect on the piece and its impact on society. Bester was extremely angry with the university's lack of combatting action to the covering of the sculpture.  He demanded the restoration of the work to its original state. He expressed the sentiment that covering up a body that defies notions of conventional beauty is a step backwards in society.
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|description_of_result=Bester was surprised and upset by the students' decision to cover his piece. He did not intend for the piece to offend people. He believed that there were many better ways of expressing offense other than covering it. Bester was extremely angry with the university's inability to support him and demanded the restoration of the work.
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|source=Image: Photo by David Goldblatt. Willie Bester’s sculpture of Sarah Baartman covered with cloth by students of the Rhodes 'Must Fall Movement'. Main Library at the University of Cape Town (05/14/2016).
 
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[http://allafrica.com/stories/201706050638.html South Africa: Sarah Baartman Sculptor Speaks Out Against Art Censorship]
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[https://www.groundup.org.za/article/sara-baartman-sculptor-speaks-out-against-art-censorship/ Sarah Baartman sculptor speaks out against art censorship], “I was trying to understand my own suffering” says Willie Bester, whose work has been covered up at UCT. Ground Up, June 5, 2017
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[https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/quarrel-over-sarah-baartman-sculpture-at-uct-20180303 Quarrel over Sarah Baartman sculpture at UCT, NEWS24
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[https://freemuse.org/news/south-africa-art-destroyed-censored-university-cape-town/ South Africa: Art destroyed and censored at University of Cape Town],  Freemuse, 21 July 2017

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Goldblatt-Baartman.jpg

Artist: Willie Bester

Year: 2016

Date of Action: March 9th, 2016

Region: Africa

Location: University of Cape Town

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Sculpture

Confronting Bodies: Students at University of Cape Town

Description of Artwork: This sculpture by the renowned South African artist Willie Bester is a depiction of historical figure Sarah Baartman (also spelled Sara, Saartje, Saartjie, and Bartman, Bartmann (1770s–29 December 1815), a South African Khoikhoi woman who, famously, due to her large buttocks, was exhibited as a freak show attraction in 19th-century Europe under the name "Hottentot Venus". Bester created the work as a way to represent his own struggles with racism and racial inequity.

The Incident: On March 9th, 2016, students covered the piece as part of their procession to the Center for African Studies Gallery which was intended to commemorate the anniversary of the Rhodes statue being removed.

Results of Incident: Bester was surprised and upset by the students' decision to cover his piece. He did not intend for the piece to offend people. He believed that there were many better ways of expressing offense other than covering it. Bester was extremely angry with the university's inability to support him and demanded the restoration of the work.

Source: Image: Photo by David Goldblatt. Willie Bester’s sculpture of Sarah Baartman covered with cloth by students of the Rhodes 'Must Fall Movement'. Main Library at the University of Cape Town (05/14/2016).


Sarah Baartman sculptor speaks out against art censorship, “I was trying to understand my own suffering” says Willie Bester, whose work has been covered up at UCT. Ground Up, June 5, 2017

[https://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/quarrel-over-sarah-baartman-sculpture-at-uct-20180303 Quarrel over Sarah Baartman sculpture at UCT, NEWS24

South Africa: Art destroyed and censored at University of Cape Town, Freemuse, 21 July 2017