Public art in South Africa: Bronze warriors and plastic presidents

Bronze Warriors, Plastic Presidents, kim Miller, Brenda Schmahmann

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How does South Africa deal with public art from its years of colonialism and apartheid? How do new monuments address fraught histories and commemorate heroes of the struggle? Across South Africa, statues commemorating figures such as Cecil Rhodes have provoked heated protests, while new works commemorating icons of the liberation struggle have also sometimes proved contentious. In this lively volume, Kim Miller, Brenda Schmahmann, and an international group of contributors examine statues and memorials as well as performance, billboards, and other temporal modes of communication, considering the implications of not only the exposure but also erasure of events and icons from the public domain. Revealing how public visual expressions articulate histories and memories, they explore how such works may serve as a forum in which tensions surrounding race, gender, identity, or nationhood play out.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages315
ISBN (Electronic)9780253030108
ISBN (Print)9780253029928
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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