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South African Art: Culture, Apartheid, and Social Change

HNRS 2021 Sec. 011 - Fall 2021

Assistant Professor Allison Young School of Art

M 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
220 French House

This course provides an in-depth look at art, literature, history, and visual culture in South Africa in the 20th and 21st centuries. Apartheid, Afrikaans for “separateness,” was an oppressive system of legalized segregation and racial discrimination that impacted everyday life in South Africa most directly from 1948 to 1994. Throughout this period, artists, filmmakers, writers, and musicians dedicated their practices to resistance, raising awareness and challenging the pernicious ideologies that sustained the apartheid system. Today’s creatives continue to respond to social issues, as well as new artistic innovations and evolving conceptions of global identity. Topics include African modernism(s), photojournalism, art world debates and exhibition histories, gender and sexuality, urbanism and street art, public memory and monuments, and the art of the “Born Free” Generation.

Fulfills General Education:

English Composition
Arts