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Positions Contemporary artists in South Africa by Peter Anders

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Positions Contemporary artists in South Africa by Peter Anders

Ranging from resistance to education, contemporary artists are increasingly raising opposition to economic pressure, radical social change and rapidly changing identities. How does the local contemporary art scene respond to the worldwide dynamics of globalisation? Which social, political and cultural positions do individual artists adopt? This volume presents views of some of South Africa's most prominent artists, writers, choreographers, photographers and musicians. Produced in direct dialogue with journalists and cultural scientists from the respective art scenes, developments within today's cultural flashpoints are illuminated in interviews, portraits and essays. Throughout, the focus is on the artists' individual perspectives, not theoretical or historical concepts, with their specific approaches and different forms of expression they give insight into the pressing issues of South African society, showing how political art is positioned in the post-apartheid era.

About the Author

Matthew Krouse has been the arts editor of the Mail & Guardian newspaper for over a decade. In the Eighties he wrote primarily for film and theatre and his work was banned five times by apartheid censors. Books he has edited include The Invisible Ghetto (Congress of South African Writers/GMP 1996), the first gay and lesbian anthology to emerge from South Africa. His writing has been published in a number of collections at home and abroad. Peter Anders worked at the Schauspielhaus in Hamburg after completing high school, and at the Institut Europeen de l'Acteur in Nancy, France. After his studies of philosophy, psychology and drama he worked for German Television (ARD) in 1989, and from 1990 for the Goethe-Institut. First he acted as Head of the Department of Visual Arts at the Headquarters in Munich, and later as Director of the Goethe-Institut in Cameroon, Brazil (Salvador da Bahia) and Bulgaria. Since 2007 he has acted as Head of the Programme for Sub-Saharan Africa, based at the Goethe-Institut in South Africa. From 2011 on he will be Country Director of the Goethe-Institut in China.

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Publication date

19th November 2010


Peter Anders

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Jacana Media an imprint of Jacana Media (Pty) Ltd


296 pages


Art & design styles: from c 1960



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