Art and the End of Apartheid, Volume 2

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U of Minnesota Press, 2009 - Art - 339 pages
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"This is the first book to fully explore cosmopolitan modern art by black South Africans under apartheid" "Black South African artists have typically had their work labeled "African art" or "township art," qualifiers that, when contrasted with simply "modernist art," have been used to marginalize their work both in South Africa and internationally." "In Art and the End of Apartheid, John Peffer considers in depth the work of black South African artists in the decades leading up to the end of apartheid in 1994. Peffer examines painting and graphic art, photography, avant-garde and performance art, and popular and protest art through artist collectives (such as the Thupelo Art Project and the Medu Art Ensemble) and individuals such as Durant Sihlali and Santu Mofokeng. He shows how South African artists imagined what "postapartheid" could mean during the time of apartheid, even as they struggled with immediate issues of censorship, militancy, street violence and torture, and, more --
 

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Contents

1 Grey Areas and the Space of Modern Black Art
1
The Tortured Body During Apartheid
41
Activist Art and the Rhetoric of Commitment
73
Image Violence and Play after Soweto
99
Liberating Art during the States of Emergency
129
Alternative Forms of Commitment
173
The Art of Durant Sihlali
191
Overturning Apartheids Monuments
219
A Short History of Photography in South Africa
241
Notes
281
Index
325
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John Peffer is editor of Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture, which began publication in 2007. He teaches at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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