Quite Footsteps explores moral themes relating to political and social change in South Africa. An obscene clamour that the poet sees as eviscerating our country’s humanity becomes the catalyst for an excoriating attack on a time that “renders everything as matters of abuse”, and a passionate demand that we find in ourselves – for ourselves, and in honour of the spirits of the dead – the capacity for the humane. This major work by one of South Africa’s poets will trouble every conscience, even as it revives our faltering hope for a healed nation.
Design and layout of a major book accompanying the inaugural exhibition at Norval Foundation, Re/discovery and Memory: The works of Sydney Kumalo, Ezrom Legae, Serge Alain Nitegeka and Edoardo Villa, curated by Karel Nel, 28 April – 10 September 2018.
Retrospectives of the work of both Sydney Kumalo and Ezrom Legae were shown alongside an exhibition of their friend and colleague Edoardo Villa, while Serge Alain Nitegeka was commissioned to create an immersive installation in the atrium.
A collection of thought-provoking and moving essays on Robert Sobukwe, commissioned and edited by his biographer and friend Benjamin Pogrund. Sobukwe was a lecturer, lawyer, founding member and first president of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), and Robben Island prisoner.
Seedtimes – the title of Omar Badsha’s photographic retrospective is drawn from a poem by Mafika Gwala written in the wake of the Soweto Uprising of 1976, a period when the cultural and political movement against apartheid really began to develop momentum in the townships of South Africa.
Stellenbosch is where people meet in bustling pavement cafes, browse in interesting galleries and bookshops or simply soak up the surrounding natural beauty. Importantly, it is also the heart of one of the most successful wine-growing regions in the world, and wine is its lifeblood.
This folklore story collection offers a feast of enjoyment for young South African readers. Ten enchanting tales, steeped in the imaginative richness of African oral tradition: Where did the first stories in the world come from? How did little Tortoise win the respect of all the other animals? Who was Nanana bo Sele Sele and what happened when she built her house in the middle of the animals’ road? Why was young Crocodile so determined to get hold of Monkey’s Heart?
Historians, public galleries and collectors have in recent years started re-viewing photographs of African people taken during the colonial period for their aesthetic merits as well as their historical significance. The 50 photographic portraits presented in this title, most of them unpublished, were taken in East and South Africa between 1870 and 1920, the period of high European imperialism in the region.
This publication brings together thinkers and experts such as Wieland Gewers, President of the Academy of Science of South Africa and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cape Town; High Court Judge Denis Davis who looks at evolution from a “somewhat dissident Jewish perspective”; Professor Caroline Odora-Hoppers, whose passionately pleads for the education of our children to include indigenous knowledge; and a myriad of curriculum developers, book publishers, teachers and religious scholars.
Shoes made from discarded rubber, a knife grinder made from a bicycle wheel, an organ made from water pipes, a lamp made from plastic bottle bottoms and a clock made from old flip-flops are a few of the ingenious recycled Kenyan products covered in this fascinating volume.
For over thirty years, William Kentridge has been combining fine arts, performance, theatre, and opera to create dreamlike, political, and humanist works. His installations , films, and drawings often deal with the political situation in South Africa, apartheid, and the consequences of colonialism. This book gives an in-depth examination of his performance piece The Head & The Load, which explores the role of Africa during World War I. Throughout the war, more than one million Africans carried provisions and military equipment in hazardous conditions for British, French, and German troops at minimal or no pay.
It is well known that the African National Congress was formed in 1912 and is considered the oldest political organisation on the African continent. What is often not widely known is that the person who founded it was one Pixley ka Isaka Seme.
A major strength of this collection is its precisely noted and rendered detail. Whatever the themes-whether the dilemmas of being differently abled; trapped in lower-income constraints; or born female in an abusively gendered world-they are relayed with authenticity. There is a strongly visceral component to the stories, with the body and its various vulnerabilities, captivities, and seductions featuring in many of them. Some pieces broaden out, both creatively and topically, to explore less obvious facets of staying afloat.
Kenyan sculptor and anthropologist Wangechi Mutu (born 1972) mines ethnographic photography, fashion, sport, porn and popular-science publications such as National Geographic to develop her fierce critique of the deformation of the female body by consumerism in elegant, tapering spirals of collage and drawing. Mutu refers to her hybrid women as “warrior women” whom she…