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One hundred years ago, in 1917, the SS Mendi sails through the English Channel towards France. On board is a battalion of South African labour troops. There is a collision and the ship sinks. No assistance is offered and more than 600 men drown. Memory of the disaster fades in the turmoil of the Great War.

In the exhibition the story of the SS Mendi is used as a “pars pro toto”. It stands for a larger story that leads the viewer towards the complex history of South African segregation, a story that touches not only on colonial Western attitudes towards Africa but also on black South African attitudes towards the First World War. Wendy Morris looks back in an exhibition in which animated film, video, poetry and spoken word explore the boundaries of past and present, myth and reality. The century-old shipping drama is no longer part of the landscape. Imagination offers solace. This, of course, is a work of the imagination.

€ 10 individual - midweek (Mon-Thurs), groups from 15 pp € 16 individual - weekend (Frid - Sund) € 1 13-26 years Free children up to 12 years old Note This ticket gives you access to all locations of Het Vlot + all exhibitions in Mu.ZEE with the exception of the Ensor and Spilliaert museum wing (+ 4,00 € pp) Visitors who have purchased a B-Dagtrip ticket must first exchange their ticket in Mu.ZEE (not possible at a different location) GROUPS Cost price guided tour for groups in Mu.ZEE: 70 euro + entrance fee Cost price guided tour for groups in the outside locations Het Vlot : 90 euro + entrance fee

Overview current exhibitions »

09/09/2017 - 07/01/2018