Library Header Image
LSE Research Online LSE Library Services

Azania in Venice

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

Image (JPEG)
Download (2MB) | Preview


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:
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author
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
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 08:49
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 23:17
Projects: LSE Research Festival 2014

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics