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Azania in Venice

Garnsey, Eliza (2014) Azania in Venice. LSE Research Festival 2014, The London School of Economics and Political Science, GBR. (Submitted)

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Abstract

My research examines the relationship between visual art and transitional justice – how this relationship contributes to, and affects, ideas of justice. Specifically, I seek to understand the nature, extent and significance of this relationship in the context of ‘post-apartheid’ South Africa. The research takes the form of an in-depth case study of contemporary South African visual art across international, national and local levels. This photograph shows Athi-Patra Ruga’s performance of The Future White Women of Azania which was part of the South African Pavilion at the 55th International Art Biennale in Venice, Italy. The performance marked both an aesthetic and political intervention in the Venetian landscape. Dressed in balloons, the artist sailed the future white women of Azania down the Grand Canal. Their unexpected presence and journey raised questions about race, nationality, and ultimately what it means to belong to an imagined utopian identity.

Item Type: Audio/visual resource
Official URL: http://www.lse.ac.uk/lseresearchfestival
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
J Political Science > JZ International relations
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Sets: Collections > LSE Research Festival 2014
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 08:49
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2019 01:23
Projects: LSE Research Festival 2014
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/57883

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