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Uncertain Curature: In and Out of the Archive

Uncertain Curature: In and Out of the Archive

  • R 35000

Uncertain Curatureis a volume of bold and original explorations of the archive--the past, our material inheritance--and the ways it is displayed, interpreted, and given meaning in the postcolonial world of South Africa. This operation on the past, what the authors have called "curature," can be seen as the postcolony's way of rescripting its own history, which is both a trauma to be dealt with and a resource for the future. The idea of curation is beautifully explored in a series of chapters, whose subjects include a controversial Bushman diorama, a cache of negatives found in a disused mining hostel, fieldwork photographs of the exhumation of children's bodies from an archaeological dig, artefacts and images of "the Zulu" in Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum, artists' depictions of Steve Biko's corpse, the colonial inheritance of Victoriana and the queen herself, and anti-apartheid black-centered films.

Authors Carolyn Hamilton, Pippa Skotnes
ISBN 1431406295, 9781431406296
Format Paperback
Pages 384p.

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