New Arrivals 7th to 13th of March 2017

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. The course requires each student 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).
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.

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