The present is always filled with spectres of the past, which slip in and out of view. Burdened by complex colonial and apartheid inheritances, contemporary South Africa negotiates these spectres in a highly charged manner.
The archives that impose themselves on, or lend themselves to, such negotiations are the focus of our enquiry, as are the B-sides, the archives that are unrecognised, neglected, disavowed or subaltern inheritances. In a project that is at once historical and contemporary – and that resonates in global discussions of memory, trauma, social justice, imperialism, indigenous rights, and the practices of history – we pay attention to the remixes of the record, in the past and in the present.
Leibhammer’s Hlungwani retrospective opens in Limpopo
APC research fellow Nessa Leibhammer has curated a major exhibition of works by sculptor Jackson Hlungwani, which opened at the Polokwane Municipal Art Museum in his home province of Limpopo at the beginning of December.
In his opening speech, Polokwane Mayor Freddie Greaver paid tribute to the artist and defined Jackson Hlungwani – A New Jerusalem as a fitting gesture to honour Hlungwani’s extraordinary legacy. The mayor shared with the 450 guests present at the launch the city’s pride in hosting the exhibition.Through the Mayor’s charitable fund, he donated R50 000 to the surviving family members of the artist, who died in 2010. Read more...
Out-of-the-box actions critique Berlin’s resuscitated Humboldt-Forum
On 22 November, the Berlin-based artist/researcher group Artefakte//anti-humboldt (Brigitta Kuster, Regina Sarreiter, Dierk Schmidt, and Elsa de Seynes) launched their co-authored, special issue ‘Afterlives’ in the British online journal darkmatter. At the same time the group – together with AFROTAK TV, cyberNomads, Andreas Siekmann und Ute Klissenbauer – exhibited the Anti-Humboldt-Box, an exhibition in a suitcase, at the House of World Cultures in Berlin as part of No Humboldt 21! . Read more...
Nuñez presents on Chilean local history at University of California Davis
On 4 December, APC research fellow María Esperanza Rock Nuñez gave a talk on Memory, Community and Local Identity: Methodological approaches toward ‘representative history’ at the University of California Davis’s Hemispheric Institute on the Americas.
‘The objective of my presentation was to share my research, putting emphasis on the methodology I used, which, I think, is my real contribution,’ said Nuñez, who studied Theory and Art History at Universidad de Chile, where she is currently completing her PhD in Ethnohistory. Her dissertation examines memory, identity and local history in Lota, a coal mining town in southern Chile, from the 19th century to the present. Read more...