Contemporary Bushman Art: The Work of the !Xun Artist Flai Shipipa

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Contemporary !Xun artists of South Africa’s Northern Cape Province have produced art that has been described as nostalgic and primitive. Yet the content of these artworks highlights astute political commentary, asserting belonging and immediacy in a political milieu where historically Bushman groups have been ostracized and delegitimized. The !Xun artist Flai Shipipa has created art that is a hybrid spiritual expression with inferences to Bushman cosmology and Christianity. Through this religio-political imagery Shipipa’s canvases are a tangible cultural record of assertions of identity, authenticity, belonging, faith, ambiguity and memory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-347
Number of pages15
JournalVisual Anthropology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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