The exhibition, titled Kewpie: Daughter of District Six, will run from September 21 until January 18. Kewpie was born in 1941 and this exhibition features a selection of photos from an archive of 700 prints and accompanying negatives. Of these, approximately 100 photos will go on show dating from the 1950s to early 1980s.
Art lovers will become familiar with Kewpie, who was a well-known hair stylist and drag artist who would often perform on stage to packed audiences at District Six’s Ambassador Club. Kewpie also ran Salon Kewpie in Kensington.
She passed away in 2012. The District Six Museum and the Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action (Gala) are joint hosts of the exhibition, with funding from the Norwegian embassy in South Africa.
The District Six Museum focuses on preserving narratives and artefacts from the area, which was demolished during apartheid. Gala is the keeper of a uniquely African archival collection. Through exploring Kewpie’s life story and queer culture in District Six, this exhibition is expected to promote diversity.