See is a transnational project which brings together cities, institutions, activists, artists, designers, and other creatives to exchange ideas, debate and develop methodologies to bring about representational equity in the public life of our cities. The project proposes to draw on emergent and growing transnational solidarity and coalition strategies to fashion more equitable urban futures in the aftermath of colonialism, slavery and apartheid.
See engages individuals and institutions in Cape Town and internationally in order to move scholarly information in archives and museums, and dialogues that have emerged out of recent social justice struggles, into the mainstream. We wish to expand and rescript the current discourse and narratives in order to move Cape Town from a colonial city into an equitable and celebrated creole future – and in so doing, See aims to inspire far beyond the borders of the city and South Africa by engaging with other countries on their own colonial history and contemporary (often contested) urban conditions – especially countries that have a shared history with South Africa. The City wishes to work with international cities and institutions, especially those that have challenges with contested urban histories and those that have successfully integrated representative symbols into their landscapes, literature and teachings through a series of conversations and exchanges, that will foster common learning about how to mobilise the cities and their histories as part of future making.