History after Apartheid

Visual Culture and Public Memory in a Democratic South Africa
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  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Dimensions and Pages: 230 x 155 mm, 384 pp
  • EAN: 9781868144075
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 100.00

History after Apartheid analyses how, in the midst of the momentous shift to an inclusive democracy, South Africa’s visual and material culture represented the past while at the same time contributing to the process of social transformation.

Considering the attempts to invent and recover historical icons and narratives, art historian Annie Coombes examines how strategies for embodying different models of historical knowledge and experience are negotiated in public culture – in monuments, museums and contemporary fine art. She explores the dilemmas posed by a wide range of visual and material culture including key South African heritage sites, and highlights the contradictory investment in these sites among competing constituencies and the tensions involved in the rush to produce new histories for the ‘new’ South Africa.


Annie E. Coombes
is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom.

With Duke University Press

Annie E. Coombes is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media at Birkbeck College, University of London, United Kingdom.

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