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Public Research Seminar: Mia Pistorius

Public Research Seminar: Mia Pistorius

Public Research Seminar Series

Date and time
22 Oct 2019 (3:30pm - 5:00pm)

Birmingham Conservatoire - Workshop 2

200 Jennens Road, B4 7XR



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‘The troubles of the neck’: Tracing the postcolonial avant-garde in William Kentridge’s The Head & the Load

The language of the avant-garde is necessarily, if invisibly, infected with the colonial anti-aesthetic. In The Head & the Load (2018), a collaborative installation by South African artists William Kentridge, Thuthuka Sibisi, Philip Miller, and Gregory Maqoma, this contagion is made visible. Mia's analysis of The Head & the Load develops the notion of the postcolonial avant-garde as a critical category through which to read the work’s adoption of European avant-garde conventions in combination with its anti-colonial agenda.

Juliana M. Pistorius is a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow at the University of Huddersfield, and Research Fellow at Africa Open Institute, Stellenbosch University. Her research interrogates the racialised politics of operatic performance in apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa.

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