In Pictures: Orms Print Room & Framing recently produced work for the much-anticipated ‘Kewpie: Daughter of District Six’ exhibition on display at the District Museum.
‘Kewpie’, an exhibition at the District Six Museum in Cape Town. Printed and framed by Orms Print Room & Framing, celebrates the life of Kewpie, a hairdresser and drag queen who lived in District Six between the 1950s and the early 1980s, through a collection of personal photographs.
According to the museum, ‘most of the photographs in the collection were taken by Kewpie and friends, and show Kewpie’s extensive social life and social circle, both within District Six and further afield. The photographs depict the carefully crafted public personas of the drag queens, and also their private ‘off-duty’ lives.’
‘There are pictures from excursions to Fourth beach and Trafalgar Park, photographs of Kewpie at work in the salon, photographs of elaborate fancy dress balls held at the Ambassador’s Club, portraits of Kewpie’s friends and neighbours, images from parties, snapshots taken of everyday life in the local area, and photoshoots of Kewpie’s friends on the streets of District Six.’
The collection features a vast range of personal photographs from studio portraits and images taken by street photographers, the majority of which were captioned by Kewpie in 1999. The photographs were digitalised, printed and framed at Orms Print Room & Framing for the purposes of this celebratory exhibition.
The exhibition is on until 18 January 2019 so if you’re around Cape Town over the festive season it’s definitely a ‘must-see’.