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Motshumi’s Country

For more than three decades, Mogorosi Motshumi has drawn comics, cartoons and illustrations for an array of South African newspaper and legendary literary magazines; survived solitary confinement under the apartheid regime; pushed against prejudiced editors; and lived through the transition from pre- to post-apartheid cartooning. He continues to create works that are playful, powerful and […]

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Death by Memory [of Freedom]; Truth & Reconciliation

A tryptych in honour of Steve Biko. Firstly, Graeme Arendse, as his alter-ego Ramgee, presents In Memory of Freedom, Gail Smith then scrutinizes the remembrance of Biko in ‘post’ apartheid South Africa, before Ramgee returns with an alternative story, using words drawn from testimonies to the TRC on the death of BC leader.       Twenty-five* years after four burly white supremacists pulverised Steve Biko’s brain, […]

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Body Paths

The city, for many African immigrants, offers a horizon of hope, but also the fear of a death ‘out of place’. To die away from ‘home’, ungrieved and without proper burial, is for many to risk metaphysical itinerancy. But the return home for burial is uncertain and often impossible. In Johannesburg this gives rise to […]

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