Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New Work: In place of Space

In Place of Space, was a site specific work, exhibited at the Apartheid Archive Conference 2014 entitled Race, Place, Location, Dislocation: Then and Now. The conference was hosted by the University of Pretoria from 21 May to 23 May.

The apartheid legacy of forced removals and displacement has had long standing effects on the individual and social morale of South Africans. Besides for the perpetuated economic and political injustice, there remain psychological consequences related to the loss of financial, emotional, historical and cultural capital. The Group Areas Act of 1950, was the beginning of a number of segregation acts intended to control, divide and segregate South Africans along racial and ethnic lines. The implementation of these acts comprised a massive forced removal and demolition strategy which dislocated millions of non-whites as well as whites. 

The exhibition entitled ‘In place of space’ is a show of fetishised utilitarian objects accumulated by evictees of the apartheid regime’s mass displacement project during the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s. The theme explores the idea of home, loss and longing and the emotional trajectories of the disenfranchised within the apartheid and post-apartheid settings. The exhibition addresses this theme by visually representing ‘replacement’ or ‘transitional objects’, furniture, cutlery, implements etc. transferred from family homes in target areas to displaced dwellings in the townships or locations. The numerous losses encountered during forced relocations often render such objects, which become souvenirs of the space, precious or reliquary. ‘In place of space’ aims to elicit narrative interpretations in viewers that begin to explore the internal and physical tensions and struggles that may be encountered in the internalisation of displacement.

'In place of Space'
Antique table & Cement
Site specific installation
20 May 2014

A special thanks to the Apartheid Archive Project organisers - 
Prof. Norman Duncan, Prof. Garth Stevens, Marinda Maree, Hugo Canham- for an excellent platform.

Monday, May 5, 2014

"Beyond the ‘After Math’" article published in Critical Arts

Beyond the ‘After Math’: exploring psychological decolonisation in a post-apartheid context of artistic praxis
Farieda Nazier, 199-215
DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2014.906340


This article argues that recontextualising applicable theories of Frantz Fanon through knowledge-seeking art practices can contribute to the ‘decolonisation of the mind’ in a contemporary South African context. The multimodal social intervention, entitled ‘After Math: An Exploration of Temporality, Wounding and Consequence’, hosted by the Apartheid Museum in August 2012 (principal artist and curator Farieda Nazier), is discussed and analysed. The exhibition and this retrospective article are grounded in Nazier's explorations and subsequent application of Fanonian theories and broader postcolonial postulations of place, gender and class. The intervention borrows from Fanon's theories and phenomenological approach to racial discrimination, using them as a point of departure to evoke memory and convey personal struggles within an apartheid and post-apartheid society through a number of visual and embodied modalities.

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This new issue contains the following articles:

It begins with you? An ubuntu-centred critique of a social marketing campaign on HIV and AIDS
Colin Chasi & Nadira Omarjee,  229-246
DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2014.906342

The reinvention of Hollywood's classic white saviour tale in contemporary Chinese cinema: Pavilion of Women and The Flowers of War
Jing Yang, 247-263
DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2014.906343

Criticising images: critical discourse analysis of visual semiosis in picture ns
Jiayu Wang, 264-286
DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2014.906344

Voice, alienation and the struggle to be heard: a case study of community radio programming in South Africa

Stanley Tsarwe, 287-310
DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2014.906345

Under fire

Under fire from all sides: a paraliterary exegesis
Jessica Webster, 311-312
DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2014.906346

Book review

Breaking the silence: South African representations of HIV/AIDS
Verena Jain-Warden, 313-316
DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2014.906347


Stuart Hall

Keyan Tomaselli & Ruth Teer-Tomaselli, 317-318
DOI: 10.1080/02560046.2014.906348
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