Thursday, April 24, 2014
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Saartjie Baartman was taken to Paris in 1814, the same year that we in Norway was celebrating our freedom, but for Sartjie she continued to be exhibited as a freak. She became the object of scientific and medical research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about what they back then called the Hottentot female sexuality. When she died in 1816, the Musee de l'Homme in Paris took a deathcast of her body, removed her skeleton and pickled her brain and genitals in jars. These were displayed in the museum until as late as 1985.