Eugenics for dummies

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Eugenics was and is a very controversial subject. One that I am constantly learning more about. With that said, it is also a very apt theme to investigate in this day and age, especially in a country which is obsessed with race. Little did I know while working on this exhibition that the BEE and equity laws in our country will come under the spotlight again – see here for more info: or

Which makes me wonder what is the future for our boys in this country after they finish school?

So besides these new laws, there is also the uncertainty and fears surrounding A.I. For example our eldest son currently dreams of becoming a programmer after he finish school, and his teacher told him recently that he should reconsider his career dream, since A.I will replace programmers in the future. What? Why not teach the children a programming language right now- giving them hope- and not make them feel that all is lost?

In response we as a family watched this video: which gave him hope again.

Anyway, I will leave you with the following quote: ” The man who made a mistake not only refused to unmake it but decided to go on making it. But in this, he made yet another most amusing mistake,  which was the beginning of all Eugenics. ” – G.K Chesterton from his book Eugenics and other evils. 

and another quote by Rick Rubin.

On that note, I wish you a wonderful weekend.

Eugenics – You are invited!

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Unfortunately I will not be in attendance for the opening, but if you are able to visit, please let me know what you think.

Alternatively register your details on the gallery website for more info:

“Eugenics for dummies” Photographic print on board, thread and rubber 84 x 59.5 cm Hannalie Taute 2023

Eugenics is a Greek word which roughly translates as “Well bred”. Eu = good, genes = born.

“The first person to use photography for the purpose of publicising and promoting eugenics was Charles Darwin’s half cousin Francis Galton (1822-1911). The founder of modern eugenics movement, Galton defined eugenics as ‘the science of improving stock, which is by means confined to judicious matings, but which, especially in the case of man, takes cognisance of all influences that tend in however remote degree to give the more suitable races or strains of blood a better chance of prevailing…” (Quoted from

“In addition to forming composite image that articulated family resemblances and amalgamated artists’ pictures of famous historical figures, Galton’s techniques were embraced by the Eugenics movement. It was not until Hitler and Nazi Germany adopted eugenics that it began to fall from favour.  However, eugenics has emerged again as a subject for debate as human gene editing and other reproductive technology in the late twentieth and early twenty –first centuries have made selective breeding an open question once again.” (Quoted from