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History after Apartheid: Visual Culture and Public Memory in a Democratic South Africa By Annie E. Coombes,

  • Title: History after Apartheid: Visual Culture and Public Memory in a Democratic South Africa
  • Author: Annie E. Coombes
  • ISBN: 9780822330721
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • The democratic election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa in 1994 marked the demise of apartheid and the beginning of a new struggle to define the nation s past History after Apartheid analyzes how, in the midst of the momentous shift to an inclusive democracy, South Africa s visual and material culture represented the past while at the same time contributingThe democratic election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa in 1994 marked the demise of apartheid and the beginning of a new struggle to define the nation s past History after Apartheid analyzes how, in the midst of the momentous shift to an inclusive democracy, South Africa s visual and material culture represented the past while at the same time contributing to the process of social transformation Considering attempts to invent and recover historical icons and narratives, art historian Annie E Coombes examines how strategies for embodying different models of historical knowledge and experience are negotiated in public culture in monuments, museums, and contemporary fine art.History after Apartheid explores the dilemmas posed by a wide range of visual and material culture including key South African heritage sites How prominent should Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress be in the museum at the infamous political prison on Robben Island How should the postapartheid government deal with the Voortrekker Monument mythologizing the Boer Trek of 1838 Coombes highlights the contradictory investment in these sites among competing constituencies and the tensions involved in the rush to produce new histories for the new South Africa.She reveals how artists and museum officials struggled to adequately represent painful and difficult histories ignored or disavowed under apartheid, including slavery, homelessness, and the attempted destruction of KhoiSan hunter gatherers Describing how contemporary South African artists address historical memory and the ambiguities uncovered by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Coombes illuminates a body of work dedicated to the struggle to simultaneously remember the past and move forward into the future.
    History after Apartheid Visual Culture and Public Memory in a Democratic South Africa The democratic election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa in marked the demise of apartheid and the beginning of a new struggle to define the nation s past History after Apartheid an

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    1. Museums and visual culture generally play an often under recognised role in building, asserting or maintaining various forms of political culture and identity From time to time we find a disruptive or dissident museum, but for the most part they maintain or justify the dominant cultural modes and codes A visit to any national museum reveals this role, but seldom is it so obvious as during moments of great change in political cultures and political r gimes It does not need to be a revolutionary [...]

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