Landscapes Between Then and Now: Recent Histories in Southern African Photography and Video Art

Recent Histories in Southern African Photography and Video Art
Bloomsbury Visual Arts (Verlag)
  • erscheint ca. am 8. August 2019
  • Buch
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  • Hardcover
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  • 240 Seiten
978-1-350-02400-7 (ISBN)
Landscapes in Southern Africa continue to bear traces of colonial control, civil conflict, poverty, and unequal land distribution. Increasingly urgent documentary projects have emerged in relationship to place over the transition years from apartheid to post-apartheid.

Renegotiating Landscapes examines critical aesthetic innovations and responses to contemporary social and political issues visible through marks, structures and absences on the land, investigating emerging critical documentary aesthetics in relation to landscape and identity, by examining the work of photographers, artists and filmmakers in Southern Africa and its diaspora. These practitioners engage with landscape as a social product that can reveal something about the highly complex and fractured nature of postcolonial and contemporary identities. In this context, the enquiry both challenges and re-evaluates the politics of place and the original grounds of more traditional documentary approaches.

Today these developing nation-states form part of a globalised world and aspire to neoliberal democratic reforms; however, they continue to grapple with growing economic and social instability. Renegotiating Landscapes demonstrates why these particular documentary modes are critical now and how they can provide new possibilities for social and political engagement.
  • Englisch
  • London
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  • Großbritannien
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Für höhere Schule und Studium
70 bw illus
  • Höhe: 244 mm
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  • Breite: 169 mm
978-1-350-02400-7 (9781350024007)
1350024007 (1350024007)
Nicola Brandt, an artist from Namibia, is Lecturer in Contemporary Art History and History of Photography at John Cabot University, Rome, and Visiting Lecturer in Digital and Media Practices at the American University of Rome, Rome. She has a doctorate in Fine Art from the University of Oxford.
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations

Introduction: Situating Documentary Practices
1. The Liquid Frontier: Landscapes in the War Photography of John Liebenberg
2. David Goldblatt's Structure of Things Then, and Now
3. Santu Mofokeng: "A Geographer at the Margins"
4. A Return to the Spectral: Jo Ractliffe's As Terras do Fim do Mundo
5. Post-Documentary Practices in the `Wreckages of the Present'
Chronology of Events in Southern Africa


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