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DAVID KOLOANE AWARD, WRITERS' MENTORSHIP, 2017, Bag Factory Artists' Studios
76pp., b/w & colour illus., paperbaxk, Johannesburg, 2017. R140
The David Koloane Award, established in 2010, provides various mentorship residencies for young artists, who are mentored by artists based at the Bag Factory.

The 2017 edition of the award was given to arts writers Lokho Witbooi, Nolan Stevens and Siya Masuku. They were mentored by Ashraf Jamal and Robyn Sassen. This book includes contributions by the 3 recipients, a foreword by Robyn Sassen, an afterword by Ashraf Jamal, and an essay by David Koloane.
Atkinson (B.) & Breitz (C.) eds. GREY AREAS, representation, identity and politics in contemporary South African art
321 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 1999. OUT OF PRINT
Foreword by Mandla Langa. Includes essays by Marion Arnold, Emma Bedford, Jeremy Cronin, Patricia Davison, Neville Dubow, Marlene Dumas, Sue Williamson and Andries Walter Oliphant.
Bank (A.) & (L.) eds. KRONOS 30, journal of Cape History/ tydskrif vir Kaaplandse geskiedenis, special issue: Eastern Cape
256 pp., maps, illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2004. R190
Includes "Framing African Women: visionaries in southern African and their photographic afterlife, 1850-2004" by Helen Bradford and "'Oh Hurry to the River': the meaning of 'uMamlambo' models in the Tyumie Valley, Eastern Cape" by Seán Morrow and Nwabisa Vokwana.
Bank (A.) ed. KRONOS 31, journal of Cape history, November 2005
288 pp., illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2005. R190
Articles include "History and Film: a roundtable discussion of 'Proteus'" edited by Susan Newton-King. "Proteus" is a feature film directed by Jack Lewis (South Africa) & John Greyson (Canada). Also includes "The Private Performance of Events" colonial period rock art from the Swartruggens" by Simon Hall & Aron Mazel & "Photography with a Difference: Leon Levson's camera studies and photographic exhibitions of native life in South Africa, 1947-1950" by Gary Minkley & Ciraj Rassool.
Beumers (E.) ed. AFRICA MEETS AFRICA, The African Collection of the Museum of Ethnology Rotterdam
127 pp., 4to., map, colour illus., hardback, Rotterdam, 1996. OUT OF PRINT
Includes the essay, "A String to Heaven, from South African Soil" by Elza Miles.

Includes Swazi, Zulu and Shona neckrests, a Nguni beaded apron, a Zulu beaded cape, stick, war shield and cereminal axe, Swazi clubs, a Tsonga-Shangana dance staff, ceremonial staffs and a power figure from Angola, pipes from St. Helena, as well a sculpture,"The Angel Gabriel" by Owen Ndou, and much more.
Brenner (J.) et al LIFESCAPES, six object biographies
144pp.., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2016. R340
Published in conjunction with the exhibition, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, 2017.

This exhibition and book grew out of a post-graduate course entitled "Writing Art’s Histories", run by the Wits History of Art department, which requires students to write the ‘biography’ of a single object from WAM’s collection. The exhibition presents six objects researched by students in 2015 in dialogue with other objects and pictures. The students, Catherine Boyd, Luke Hackney, Nomvuyo Horwitz, Ivonne Marais, Kathryn Wheeler and Kent Williams, wrote object biographies about a bowl-bearing figure, a pastel landscape drawing, a Zulu beer pot, a pair of wooden colon figures, a hanging human-animal sculpture, and a black-and-white photograph. Includes an introductory chapter by Joni Brenner, Stacey Vorster and Justine Wintjes.

This catalogue is the third in the series, and follows "Lifelines: object biographies from the Standard Bank African Art Collection" (2014) and "Life-Line-Knot: six object biographies" (2015).
De Becker (L.) & Nettleton (A.) eds. ACTIVATE/ CAPTIVATE, collections re-engagement at Wits Art Museum
192pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2015. R340
"This publication discusses the many ways the tertiary education community of Gauteng has interacted with the permanent collection of African art at Wits Art Museum since its official re-opening in 2012." from the inside front cover

Published on the occasion of the exhibition, Wits Art Museum (WAM), Johannesburg, 2015.

Contributions include:
"What's in the Storerooms? Unpacking the genesis and growth of the Wits Art Museum collections" by Julia Charlton
"Valuing the Art of Handcraft: engaging creatively with the African art collections at Wits Art Museum" by Walter Oltmann
"Talking Authenticity: museum and flea market works in teaching African art art Wits" by Anitra Nettleton
"Silence in the Storerooms" by Laura De Becker
"'The absence of models is an occupational hazard'" by Joni Brenner and Stacey Vorster.

Anitra Nettleton is Director and Chair of the Centre for the Creative Arts (CCAA) and Academic Head at WAM. Her other books include "African Dream Machines: style identity and meaning of African headrests".
Laura De Becker was an Andrew W Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at WAM from 2013-2015. She is currently the Helmut and Candis Stern Associate Curator of African Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Ann Arbor, USA.
De Becker (L.) & Nettleton (A.) DOING HAIR, art and hair in Africa
68pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R200
Published in conjunction with the exhibition, Wits Art Museum, Johannesburg, 2014.

Essays include:
"Museums, Hair, and Narratives" by Erin Rosenberg
"'Talking nonsense, making sense'" by Dipalesa Mpye
"Barbershop Signs" by Anitra Nettleton and Susan Middleton
"Inseparable", Hazel Cuthbertson and Laura De Becker on what happens to hair in African societies once it is removed from people's scalps.
Delius (P.), Phillips (L.) & Rankin-Smith (F.) eds. A LONG WAY HOME, migrant worker worlds 1800-2014
280 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R450
A guide to "the history and material artefacts emanating from migrant life in South Africa...This book was conceived during the plannning of an art exhibition entitled 'Ngezinyawo - migrant journeys' at the Wits Art Museum". from the inside front cover

Essays include:
"The Art of Those Left Behind: women, beadwork and bodies" by Anitra Nettleton
"Verwoerd's Oxen: performing labour migrancy in southern Africa" by David Coplan
"'Give My Regards to Everyone at Home Including Those I No Longer Remember: the journey of Tito Zungu's envelopes" by Julia Charlton
"'The Chinese Experiment': images from the expansion of South Africa's 'labour empire'" by Fiona Rankin-Smith, Peter Delius and Laura Phillips.

Also includes over ninety artworks and photographs that reflect the daily life, customs and traditions and migrants and their families, with work by Simon Stone, Ernest Cole, William Kentridge, David Goldblatt, Penny Siopis, Constance Stuart-Larabee, David Coplan, Mary Sibande and Julius Mfethe.

"This rich and visually appealing collection brings together some of the most compelling scholarship on the history of labour migrancy in South Africa and does so across the boundaries of time, space and academic disciplines." Saul Dubow, Professor of African History, Queen Mary, University of London

Peter Delius is Professor of History at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Laura Phillips is a researcher at the Public Affairs Research Institute, affiliated to the University of the Witwatersrand.
Fiona Rankin-Smith is special projects curator at the Wits Art Museum.
Farber (L.) & Jorgensen (C.) eds. CRITICAL ADDRESSES, the archive in practice
161pp., illus., paperback, Johannsburg, 2017. R450
A collection of essays in which authors trace "how visual artists and theorists critically reflect on institutions and personal archives by using their fragments in ways that potentially create new forms of engagement for the construction of identities." from the back cover

Contributions include:
"Inscribing 'whiteness' in paint. Engaging a personal archive" by Karin Preller
"Unseaming Images: the limits and possibilities for reconfiguring albums of complicity" by Heidi Grunebaum
"Colonial Specimen/ Neocolonial Chic: commodification of archival portraits in South African textile design" by Annemi Conradie
"Ephemeral and Site-specific Encounters with the Freud Museum (London): Penny Siopis's Three Essays on Shame (2005) by Yvette Greslé
"Curating the Archive: rhythms of memory and justice" by Same Mdluli.

Leora Farber is Associate Professor and Director of the VIAD Research Centre, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Johannesburg.
Claire Jorgensen is a Johannesburg-based visual culture researcher and project manager at VIAD.
Gurney (K.) AUGUST HOUSE IS DEAD, LONG LIVE AUGUST HOUSE!, the story of a Johannesburg atelier
171pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2017. R410
Kim Gurney interviews tenants of August House, one of Johannesburg's foremost artists' studios, as the building goes up for sale and the artists face the prospect of having to move.

"With the eye of an urbanist, artist and resident, Kim Gurney [constructs] a compelling assemblage of individual, visual and urban narratives that brilliantly illuminates the complex life of a building, August House, located in inner city Johannesburg. Her cast of characters - artists, workers, neighbours, August House and the city - lends poignant contour to the ebbs and flows of daily life, the pressures of gentrification, the ruthlessness of poverty, the radicality of the imagination and the ghosts of history." Mabel O. Wilson, Columbia University

"Kim Gurney's biography of August House weaves together a diversity of...narratives that capture an intimate, layered view of a city in flux and the precarity of artists' spaces in Johannesburg. "August House is Dead, Long Live August House!" sensitively explores the tensions between competing impulses in the city, and who ultimately gets to shape what Joburg is and who it is for." Mpho Matsipa, University of the Witwatersrand

Kim Gurney is a writer, artist and research associate at the University of Cape Town's African Centre for Cities (ACC) and the University of Johannesburg's Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre (VIAD). She is also the author of "The Art of Public Space: curating and re-imagining the ephemeral city". She lives in Cape Town.
Hamilton (C.) & Leibhammer (N.) eds. TRIBING AND UNTRIBING THE ARCHIVE, identity and the material record in southern KwaZulu-Natal in the late independent and colonial periods, volumes one & two
639pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperbacks, Pietermaritzburg, 2016. R1305
"These volumes track how the domain of the tribal and traditional was marked out and came to be sharply distinguished from modernity, how it was denied a changing history and an archive, and was endowed instead with a timeless culture. These volumes also offer strategies for engaging with the materials differently - from the interventions effected in contemporary artworks to the inserting of nameless, timeless objects of material culture into histories of individualized and politicized experience." from the back cover

Includes contributions from Carolyn Hamilton, Nessa Leibhammer, Nontobeko Ntombela, Sandra Klopper, Hlonipha Mokoena, Anitra Nettleton, Jeff Guy, Norman Etherington, and others.

Carolyn Hamilton holds the National Research Foundation Chair in Archive and Public Culture at the University of Cape Town.
Nessa Leibhammer is a Research Fellow in the Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative at the University of Cape Town.
Hamilton (C.) & Skotnes (P.) eds. UNCERTAIN CURATURE, in and out of the archive
430 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R300
A collection of essays on the archive and the ways it is displayed and interpreted in postcolonial South Africa.

Contributions include:
"Cover to Cover: the contribution of the book to the reproduction of linear, hierarchical modesl of natural history" by Fritha Langerman
"Fugitive Archive: a response to the Bushmen diorama" by Pippa Skotnes
"Fieldwork, Killing Time and Accidental Photographs" by Mbongiseni Buthelezi
"Native Work: an artwork by Andrew Putter consisting of 38 portrait photographs (with photography by Hylton Boucher, Kyle Weeks and Andrew Putter)" by Andrew Putter
"Visualising the Realm of a Rain-Queen: the production and circulation of Eileen and Jack Krige's Lobedu fieldwork photographs from the 1930s" by Patricia Davison and George Mahashe
"Outlawed Black Public Spheres: snapshots of cinema's archive" by Litheko Modisane
"The Persistence of Empire: unveiling transnational legacies of race in 'Funnyhouse of a Negro'" by Alexandra Dodd.

Carolyn Hamilton holds a Research Chair in Archive and Public Culture at the University of Cape Town.
Pippa Skotnes is Michaelis Professor of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town.
Hamilton (C.) et. al. eds. REFIGURING THE ARCHIVE,
368 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, 2002. OUT OF PRINT
Papers from the seminar series "Refiguring the Archive" held in Johannesburg in 1998 at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Illustrated with works from the exhibition "Holdings: Refiguring the Archive", curated by Jane Taylor, which arose out of and celebrated the launch of the seminar series.
Includes work by Clive van den Berg, Willem Boshoff, William Kentridge, Sasntu Mofokeng, Penny Siopis, Peter Schutz, Colin Richards, Walter Oltmann, and others.

Contributions include "Holdings: refiguring the archive" by Jane Taylor, "Picturing the Past in Namibia: the visual archive and its energies" by Patricia Hayes, Jeremy Silvester & Wolfram Hartmann, "Living by Fluidity: oral histories, material custodies and the politics of archiving" by Carolyn Hamilton, "Literature and the Archive: the biography of texts" by Sarah Nuttall, "Archive Fever in South Africa" by Jacques Derrida, and more.
Hayes (P.) & Bank (A.) eds. KRONOS, journal of Cape history, no.27, November 2001, special issue: visual history
346 pp., illus., paperback, Institute of Historical Research, University of th, Cape Town, 2001. R180
Includes "Photography and the Performance of History" by Elizabeth Edwards; "The Interdependence of Photography and Painting on the South West Africa Expedition of James Chapman and Thomas Baines, 1861-1862" by Michael Godby; "Anthropology and Portrait Photography: Gustav Fritsch's Natives of South Africa, 1863-1872" by Andrew Bank; "Blank Verbeeld, or the Incredible Whiteness of Being: amateur photography and Afrikaner nationalist historical narrative" by Marijke du Toit; "Downcast: mining, men and the camera in Colonial Zimbabwe, 1890-1930" by Josiah Mhute; "Vision and Violence: photographies of war in Southern Angola and Northern Namibia" by Patricia Hayes; "Shoot to Kill: photographic images in the Namibian independence/ bush war" by Casper Erichsen; "Screening Saints and Sinners: the construction of filmic and video images of black and white South Africans in western popular culture during the late apartheid era" by Vivian Bickford-Smith & "The Renaturing of African Animals: film and literature in the 1950s and 1960s" by William Beinart.
Heidenreich-Seleme (L.) & O'Toole (S.) eds. AFRICAN FUTURES, thinking about the future in word and image
343pp., colour illus., paperback, Bielefeld, 2016. R490
This publication documents and extends the enquiries of the multi-city African Futures festivals held in Johannesburg, Lagos and Nairobi, as well as related satellite events held in New York and São Paulo, in 2015. African Futures is a project of the Goethe-Institut South Africa, brings together artists, cultural activists and academics on the theme of the future, in the hope of building bridges between art, technology and intellectual discourse.

Includes contributions by Tegan Bristow, Ntone Djabe, Raimi Gbadamosi, Albert 'Ibokwe' Khoza, Chumisa Ndakisa, Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi, Rowan Smith and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum.

Lien Heidenreich-Seleme is head of cultural programmes sub-Saharan Africa at the Goethe-Institut South Africa.
Sean O'Toole is a journalist, art-critic, editor and writer based in Cape Town.
Heidenreich-Seleme (L.) & O'Toole (S.) eds. UBER(W)UNDEN, art in troubled times
271 pp., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2012. R295
A collection of responses from writers, visual artists, theatre practitioners, musicians, filmmakers, choreographers and photographers from various sub-Saharan countries, and their counterparts in Germany, to the question of how they have engaged with social traumas.

Contributions include:
""Ngibonile (I have seen...)" by Zanele Muholi
"State of the Nation" by Kudzanai Chiurai
"Making Art Is an Occupational Hazard" by Rumbi Katedza
"My Mistake, Your Mistake" by Sello Pesa
"Silence Is an Act of Recovery" by Kathleen MacQueen and Jo Ractliffe
"Between the Lens and the Eyepiece" by William Kentridge

Lien Heidenreich-Seleme is head of cultural programmes at the Goethe-Institut South Africa. In 2011 she organised the regional conference, "uber(W)unden: Art in Troubled Times" as part of the Goethe-Institut's focus theme "culture and conflict". The content of this book owes a great deal to this project.
Journalist, art critic, editor and writer Sean O'Toole is a past editor of Art South Africa magazine. He is currently co-editor of CityScapes, a magazine of urban enquiry, and writes regularly for the Sunday Times and Mail & Guardian.
262 pp., colour illus., hardback, Barcelona, (2005). R300
Publsihed to coincide with the exhibition, "Emergencias", Museum of Contemporary Art of Castille and Leon (MUSAC), Spain.

In 1994 Alfredo Jaar went to Rwanda. In 2000, in response to his trip, Jaar made a work, "Emergency", an enormous black pool from which, at regular intervals, the African continent rises up.

The book consists of a collection of texts in which 25 African writers reflect on Africa. 18 of these essays originally appeared in the Swedish book, "Emergency", published in 2000 by the BildMuseet, Stockholm, to accompany the exhibiting of Jaar's piece there.

Essayists include Achmat Dangor, Antjie Krog & Marlene van Niekerk from South Africa, José Eduardo Agualusa & Pepetela from Angola, Mia Couto from Mozambique & Yvonne Vera from Zimbabwe.
Judin (H.) & Vladislavíc (I.) eds. BLANK, architecture, apartheid and after
488 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Rotterdam & Cape Town, 1998. OUT OF PRINT
Produced on the occasion of 'South African Seasons', a year of exhibitions on South Africa in Rotterdam, and the exhibition, 'blank' in the Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, from 16 December 1990 to 30 March 1999.

A "compilation of over forty essays, both written and photographic, which seek to present the complexities of the built environment and the deep structures of divisive spatial planning in South Africa".

Drawings by Moshekwa Langa. Photo-essays include "Appropriated Spaces" by Santu Mofokeng, "Silence!" by Joachim Schönfeldt, "Offices" by David Goldblatt, "House Martienssen" by Jo Ractliffe, "Carltonville" by Jodi Bieber, "Environmental Portraits" by Zwelethu Mthethwa, "Rural in Urban" by Chris Ledochowski, "Armed Responses" by Mark Lewis, "Inner City" by Themba Hadebe, "Steinkopf Community Centre" by Angela Buckland, "My Porzie, My Zla, My Koesta" by Rafs Mayet.

Essays include'"Whited Sepulchres: on the reluctance of monuments" by David Bunn, "Game Lodges and Leisure Colonialists" by Njabulo Ndebele, "Take Your Body Where It Has Never Been Before" by Marlene van Niekerk, "Does Size Matter? The apartheid state's powers of penetration" by Deborah Posel, "Erasing Roadmarkings, Cnrs Bezuidenhout and Jeppe Streets" by Stephen Hobbs, "Street Addresses, Johannesburg" by Ivan Vladislavíc, "Apartheid and the Death of South African Cities" by Achmat Dangor, "Interiors, District Six, c.1950" by Shamiel Jeppe, "The Social Programme of the South African Modern Movement" by Derek Japha, "'Fort Ende Thuijn': the years of Dutch Colonization" by Karel Schoeman, and much more.
Kreamer (C.) et al AFRICAN COSMOS, stellar arts
368pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, New York, 2012. R900
Published to accompany the exhibition, National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 2012.

Presents African works of art from ancient times to the present, accompanied by a collection of essays, to consider creativity and artistic practice in Africa as it is linked to celestial bodies and atmospheric phenomena.

Contributions include:
"Chasing Light", Marcus Neustetter interviewed by Erin L. Haney
"Cosmic Threads: children of the stars and other projects" by Willem Boshoff
"The Cosmos and Africa: balancing data and the poetics of knowledge" by Karel Nel
"'Cosmic Africa': African cultural astronomy and the research behind the film" by Anne Rogers
"Earth, Sky. Ancestors: building the world in nineteenth-century Madagascar" by Randall Bird
"Bridging Science and Culture: astronomy in Africa" by Thebe Rodney Medupe.

Christine Mullen Kreamer is Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Legassick (M.) & Rassool (C.) SKELETONS IN THE CUPBOARD, South African museums and the trade in human remains 1907-1917
114pp., illus., paperback, Second Updated Edition, Cape Town, (2000) 2015. R410
"This volume documents in historical detail the specific circumstances in which human remains were acquired by museums, and raises the emotive issue of what should be done to redress past wrongs." Patricia Davison, foreword to 2000 edition

Includes a new foreword by Lalou Meltzer. A new postscript by Ciraj Rassool and Martin Legassick discusses possible future approaches to the still unresolved challenges of repatriation and restitution.
Mack (J.), Bouttiaux (A-M.), Sorber (F.) & van Cutsem (A.) AFRICAN COSTUMES AND TEXTILES, from the Berbers to the Zulus, the Zaira and Marcel Mis Collection
318 pp., 4to., maps, colour illus., hardback, d.w., Milan, 2008. R1900
This book presents historical and modern African costumes, textiles and accessories used for everyday wear and for special celebrations from the Zaira and Marcel Mis Collection, and explores the different techniques, influences and meanings behind them.

Includes a section on southern African beadwork with an essay, "Say It With Beads", by Anne-Marie Bouttiaux.
Magnin (A.) curator AFRICAN ART NOW, masterpieces from the Jean Pigozzi Collection
224 pp., map, colour illus., hardback, d.w., London, 2005. R495
Published to accompany the exhibition, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, 2005.

Artists include Willie Bester and Esther Mahlangu.

Foreword by Peter Marzio. Essays include "How Contemporary African Art Comes to the West" by Thomas McEvilley and "Always Something New: an African-American response to contemporary African culture" by Alvia J. Wardlaw. In "Two Conversations" Jean Pigozzi answers questions from André Magnin, Alison de Lima Greene and Alvia J.Wardlaw.
Miller (.) & Schmahmann (B.) eds. PUBLIC ART IN SOUTH AFRICA, bronze monuments and plastic presidents
315pp., illus., paperback, Bloomington, 2017. R710
A collection of essays the explore the role of public art in South Africa, and how such works "may serve as a forum in which tensions surrounding race, gender, identity or nationhood are played out." from the back cover

Contributions include:
"A Janus-Like Juncture: reconciling past and present at the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park" by Elizabeth Rankin
"The Mirror and the Square - Old Ideological Conflicts in Motion: Church Square Slavery Memorial" by Gavin Younge
"A Thinking Stone and Some Pink Presidents: negotiating Afrikaner nationalist monuments at the University of the Free State" by Brenda Schmahmann
"Public Art as Political Crucible: Andries Botha's 'Shaka' and Contested symbols of Zulu masculinity and culture in Kwazulu-Natal" by Liese van der Watt
"Unsettling Ambivalences and Ambiguities in Mary Sibande's 'Long Live the Dead Queen' Public Art Project" by Leora Farber.

Kim Miller is Associate Professor and holds the Jane Oxford Keiter Professorship of women's and gender studies and art history at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.
Brenda Schmahmann is Professor and the South African Research Chair in South African Art and Visual Culture at the University of Johannesburg. Her other books include "Picturing Change: curating visual culture at post-apartheid universities".
Nuttall (S.) ENTANGLEMENT, litrary and cultural reflections on post-apartheid
198 pp., paperback, 2009, Johannesburg. R235
An exploration of the concept of entanglement in relation to readings of literature, new media forms and painting.

"Sarah Nuttall offers her readers new critical vocabularies with which to grasp the fictions of self-making, the politics and aesthetics of consumption, and the new and terrifying technologies of the sexualised body." Hazel Carby

"Sarah Nuttall's book is a welcome addition to South African literary and cultural studies, taking us in new directions beyond the apartheid and even standard post-apartheid models. Moving through a variety of settings and moments both textual and non-texual, it is prepared to take risks in matters ranging from the 'citiness' of Johannesburg, to the recombinatory qualities of style, to the larger implications of violence in South Africa." Stephen Clingman

"Elegantly and lucidly written, it offers a penetrating and unique analysis of the complex and paradoxical forms of culture emerging in South Africa today." Isabel Hofmeyr

Includes a section on painter Penny Siopis and her Pinky Pinky series.

Sarah Nuttall is Associate Professor of Literary and Cultural Studies at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER), University of the Witwatersrand.
Peterson (D.), Gavua (K.) & Rassool (C.) eds. THE POLITICS OF HERITAGE, economies, histories, and infrastructures
293pp., illus., maps, paperback, New York & Cape Town, 2015. R150
A collection of essays on how the relics of the past "are shored up, reconstructed, and revalued - as commodities, as tradition, as morality, or as patrimony."

"An insightful collection that examines the work of heritage across a variety of African settings and scales, from village to nation. Going beyond analyses of the role of heritage in nation building and identity formation, it also examines how heritage practice figures in political economics and shapes social relations of power. Following an impressive overview of the politics of heritage in Africa, thoughtful essays focus on cases from South Africa and Ghana. They examine a broad range of cultural forms and practices under the rubric of 'heritage': memorials, monuments, and museums as well as language, performance, film, and more." Corinne Kratz, Emory University

Contributions include:
"Seeing Beyond the Official and the Vernacular: the Duncan Village Massacre Memorial and the politics of heritage in South Africa" by Gary Minkey and Phindezwa Mnyaka
"Human Remains, the Disciplines of the Dead, and the South African Memorial Complex" by Ciraj Rassool
"Heritage vs Heritage: reaching for pre-Zulu identities in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa" by Mbongiseni Buthelezi
"Fences, Signs, and Property: heritage, development, and the making of location in Lwandle" by Leslie Witz and Noëleen Murray
"Flashes of Modernity: heritage according to cinema" by Litheko Modisane .

Derek Peterson is Professor of History at the University of Michigan.
Kodzo Gavua is Associate Professor of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon.
Ciraj Rassool is Professor of History and Director of the African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies at the University of the Western Cape.
Posterbook Collective & South African History Archive (comp.) IMAGES OF DEFIANCE, South African resistance posters of the 1980s
181 pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Reprint, Johannesburg, (1991) 2004. R410
The posters reproduced in this book "were produced by ordinary members of community-based organisations during the 1980s...Most of the posters are the result of a collective process - conceived within the context of an organisation or group, sometimes discussed at length, drawn by one person or even several people working together...Many of...the people who worked on the posters were operating underground, or did not want their names or political affiliations publicised; some of those who were better known were harassed and detained...many of the posters were banned almost upon their first appearance...".

"Images of Defiance" was first published by Ravan Press in 1991.
Rankin-Smith (F.) curator & ed. FIGURING FAITH, images of belief in Africa
287 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Johannesburg, 2011. R420
This book arose from the exhibition, "Figuring Faith: images of belief in Africa", held at the Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg, in 2006, to accompany the Wiser conference, "Reasons for Faith".

Preface by William Kentridge.

Contributions include:
"The Sacred: holy and demonic" and "Divine Communications" by Anitra Nettleton
"Shadow Catchers: aspects of the spiritual in the work of three South African photographers" by Michael Godby
"Liminal States" by Santu Mofokeng
"Good Faith", Achille Mbembe and Penny Siopis in conversation
"Fetishising (and De-Fetishising) the Missionary Gaze" by Isabel Hofmeyr
"Altered States: transfiguring and transforming" by Jane Taylor
"Dancing in Colour: a soul's journey to spirit" by Makgathi Mokwena
"Screaming Image: Klas Thibeletsa's 'Child Abuse' and the post-apartheid confessional" by Deborah Posel.

Includes work by David Goldblatt, Jackson Hlungwani, Azaria Mbatha, Santu Mofokeng, John Muafangejo, Nelson Mukhuba, Peter Schutz, Johannes Segogela, and other modern and contemorary artists, as well as many pieces of traditional African art.
Sans (J.) ed. KENDELL GEERS, hand grenades from my heart
383pp., colour illus., paperback, Beijing, 2012. R410
A collection of interviews with and essays by Kendell Geers, edited by curator Jérôme Sans.

Kendell Geers was born in 1968 in Johannesburg. He moved to Belgium in 2000 and lives between Johannesburg and Brussels.
Jérôme Sans is former Director of the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art in Beijing and co-founder of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. Jérôme Sans is currently Global Cultural Curator for Le Mériden Hotels & Resorts, Artisttic Director of the urban development, "Rives de Saône-River Movie": in France, Creative Director of "L'Officiel Art" magazine, and co-founder of Perfect Crossovers.
Schmahmann (B.) PICTURING CHANGE, curating visual culture at post-apartheid universities
282 pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2013. R350
Brenda Schmahmann explores the transformative ethos evident in the curation of visual culture at South African universities and examines the implications, complexities, and contradictions involved in this process.

"As they responded to the challenges of repositioning themselves after the 1994 elections, echoing the national process of institutional 'transformation', universities not only commissioned new works but also had to address what to do with the old to adapt them to redefined objectives and a more inclusive university community. This study provides a fascinating microcosm of the production of visual culture in post-apartheid South Africa, engaging with thorny issues that provide insights for the wider practice and reception of art." Elizabeth Rankin, Professor of Art History, University of Auckland

Brenda Schmahmann is Professor in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. She is the author of "Through the Looking Glass: representations of self by South African women artists" and "Mapula: embroidery and empowerment in the Winterveld". She also co-edited (with Marion Arnold) "Between Union and Liberation: women artists in South Africa 1910-1194".
Skotnes (P.) curator & ed. MISCAST, negotiating the presence of the Bushmen
383 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 1996. OUT OF PRINT
Catalogue of the exhibition, South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 1996.

"In 'Miscast: negotiating the presence of the Bushmen', eminent scholars explore the term 'Bushman', and the relationships that gave rise to it, from the perspectives of anthropology, archaeology, comparative religion, literary studies, art history, and musicology...A parallel text runs throughout the book and provides a counter narrative to the central discourses. The book is richly illustrated with previously unpublished photographs and documents from many archives and museum collections."

Forewords by Marilyn Martin & Patricia Davison. Essays and parallel text by Pippa Skotnes, Stephen Greenblatt, David Chidester, Ian Glenn, Robert Ross, Alan G.Morris, Nigel Penn, Janette Deacon, Michael Godby, Paul S.Landau, Martin Hall, Anthony Traill, Edwin Wilmsen, Aron Mazel, Pieter Jolly, Frans E.Prins, Mathias Guenther, Alan Barnard, Andrew B.Smith, Rob Gordon, Ciraj Rassool & Leslie Witz, Barbara Buntman, John Parkington, Anne Solomon, Deidre Hansen, J.David Lewis-Williams, Thomas Dowson, John Sharp & Stuart Douglas, Paul Weinberg, & Carmel Schrire.
Skotnes (P.) et. al. CURIOSITY CLXXV, a paper cabinet, curating exhibitions at the University of Cape Town
192 pp., 4to., colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2004. OUT OF STOCK
Catalogue to accompany an exhibition produced to celebrate the University of Cape Town's 175th anniversary curated by Pippa Skotnes, Gwen van Embden and Fritha Langerman, Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, 2004.

The curators collected objects from academics' offices, storerooms, and libraries and organized them into cabinets that represent the various activities that characterise a university. Also included in the exhibition are an assembly of cases created by artists who have, or have had a connection with the university and a series of four works created by the three curators.

Photographs by Stephen Inggs. Texts by Patricia Davison, David Chidester, Brenda Cooper, David Brown, Gavin Younge, Andrew Lampbrecht, Martin Hall, Christopher Peter and Malcolm Payne, amongst others. Poems by Ingrid de Kock, Joan Hambidge and Stephen Watson.
Szalay (M.) ed. THE MOON AS SHOE/ DER MOND ALS SHUH, drawings of the San, drawings and watercolours by Diä!Kwain, /Han=Kass'o, !Nanni, Tamme, /Uma and Da / zeichnungen der San, zeichnungen und aquarelle von DiäKwain, /Han=Kass'o, !Nanni, Tamme, /Uma und Da
311 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., maps, hardback, Zurich, 2002. R950
Catalogue of the exhibition, Völkerkundemuseum, University of Zurich, 2002 and the South African National Gallery, Cape Town, 2003.

Contributions by Megan Biesele, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Elias Canetti, Janette Deacon, Keith Dietrich, Mathias G.Guenther, Roger L.Hewitt and Miklós Szalay.

Drawings and watercolours from 1875-1881 made by six informants of Wilhelm Bleek and Lucy Lloyd.

Text in English & German.

Thomas (K.) IMPOSSIBLE MOURNING, HIV/AIDS and visuality after apartheid
168 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 2014. R320
Kylie Thomas "explores the significance of the disavowal of AIDS death in relation to violence, death, and mourning under apartheid [and] engages with multiple forms of visual representation that work variously to compound, undo, and complicate the politics of loss. Drawing on work the author did in art and narrative support groups while working with people living with HIV/AIDS in Khayelitsha outside Cape Town, this book also includes analyses of the work of South African visual artists and photographers Jane Alexander, Gille de Vlieg, Jillian Edelstein, Pieter Hugo, Ezrom Legae, Gideon Mendel, Zanele Muholi, Sam Nhlengethwa." from the back cover

Kylie Thomas is a lecturer in the English Department at Stellenbosch University.
Thompson (B.) curator & ed. BLACK WOMANHOOD, images, icons, and ideologies of the African body
374 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Seattle, 2008. R640
Catalogue of the travelling exhibition first shown at Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, 2008.

Includes work by Senzeni Marasela, Nandipha Mntambo, Zanele Muholi, Berni Searle and Penny Siopis.

With the essays: "The African Female Body in the Cultural Imagination" and "Decolonizing Black Bodies: personal journeys in the contemporary voice" by Barbara Thompson,
"African Women's Body Images in Postcolonial Discourse and Resistance to Neo-Crusaders" by Ifi Amadiume,
"'Les Parisiens d'Afrique': Mangbetu women as works of art" by Enid Schildkrout,
"The Black Female Body, the Postcard, and the Archives" by Christaud Geary,
"The Body of a Myth: embodying the Black mammy figure in visual culture" by Kimberly Wallace-Sanders,
"The Women Who Posed: Maudelle Bass and Florence Allen" by Carla Williams,
"Picturing the New Negro Woman" by Deborah Willis, and
"Housing and Homing the Black Female Body in France: Calixthe Beyala and the legacy of Sarah Baartman and Josephine Baker" by Ayo Abiétou Coly.

Tietze (A.) A HISTORY OF THE IZIKO SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL GALLERY, reflections on art and national identity
236pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, Cape Town, 2017. R310
In this history Anna Tietze considers the changing ways South Africa's national gallery has understood its social function, explores its relationship to other public collections, and documents the challenges the institution has encountered in the past, those it faces in the present, and examines future possibilities.

Anna Tietze is a cultural and art historian at the Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town. She has a long-standing connection with the Iziko South African National Gallery, as both researcher and curator.
Viney (G.) text & Proust (A.) photo. COLONIAL HOUSES OF SOUTH AFRICA,
288 pp., 4to., colour illus., hardback, d.w., Reprint, Cape Town, 1987 (2003). OUT OF STOCK
Foreword by Revel Fox.
Features twenty-three houses and their interiors : Vergelegen, Ida's Valley, Libertas, Stellenberg, Morgenster, Sidbury Park, Kersefontein, Barville Park, Zorgvliet, Broadlands, Hawthornden, Tweedside Lodge, Zwartkoppies Hall, Lynton Hall, Stonehouse, Westminster, Dolobran, The Presidensie, Ellingham, Groote Schuur, Tuynhuis, Brenthurst and Rustenberg.
Voigt (L.) illus. & Poland (M.) & Hammond-Tooke (D.) text THE ABUNDANT HERDS, a celebration of the Nguni cattle of the Zulu people
144 pp., 4to., b/w & colour illus., hardback, d.w., Cape Town, (2003) 2004. OUT OF STOCK
Illustrated with oil and watercolour paintings and sepia drawings of Nguni cattle by Leigh Voigt.
"Cattle have become a part of the spiritual and aesthetic lives of the [Zulu] people, which has given rise to a poetic and complex naming system. The fine and subtle nuance of the Zulu language captures the delicate interrelationship between cattle terminology and the natural world, where the colour and pattern of a hide, or the shape of a pair of horns, is metaphorically linked to images in nature."
Weinberg (P.) photo. & text MOVING SPIRIT, spirituality in southern Afirca
128 pp., oblong 4to., illus., hardback, first S.A.edition, Cape Town, 2006. R295
Paul Weinberg uses his camera to narrate his own spiritual journey out of deep depression, documenting various religious practices in southern Africa: the annual Shembe pilgrimage, a Nharo San trance dance, the annual gathering of the Lemba ("Black Jews'"), a baptism in the Zion Church, a prayer service for "sangomas" (traditional healers), a traditional Zulu wedding ceremony, a Hindu firewalking ceremony in Pietermaritzburg, and much more.

All the photographs in this book were taken between 1995 and 2006.
Weinberg (P.) text & photo. IN SEARCH OF THE SAN,
80 pp., illus., paperback, Johannesburg, 1997. OUT OF PRINT
Documentary photographer Paul Weinberg visited Bushman communites in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa between 1984 and 1997 in an attempt to record the reality of a dispossessed and marginalised people drifting away from their culture as they struggle to survive.

Includes an introduction, "The Bushmen - a profile" written by Riaan de Villiers.
222 pp., b/w & colour illus., paperback, London, 2013. OUT OF STOCK
Dan Wylie tracks twenty-three crocodilian species and compares what science has discovered about these reptiles with their depictions in myth, art and literature around the world.

Includes a chapter on central and southern Africa.

"This series... calls itself 'a new kind of animal history'. It is splendidly, even brilliantly, so. I have nothing but praise for it". James Fleming, The Spectator.

Dan Wylie is Professor of English at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.