Plenary: Christopher Till

Sep 27, 2018

09:00

CMHR | Bonnie & John Buhler Hall

30min

Abstract

What Remains Is Tomorrow

Two decades after the transition of South Africa from Apartheid to democracy the Apartheid Museum finds itself more relevant today than it has ever been. The reconciliation message of Nelson Mandela and his speech from the dock prior to his sentencing to life imprisonment committing himself to the continued fight against racial discrimination for which he said he was prepared to die, is being challenged in certain quarters by a new generation. Their frustration and disappointment at their perceived lack of transformation post the 1994 elections question his legacy and requires the contemporary and historical perspective presented to be engaged with to challenge this and to give insight into the events leading to the negotiated settlement reached and the elections that followed. The evaluation of the narrative of the Apartheid Museum which ends in 1994 and the manner in which the past 24 years of democracy is being curated using art as the lens through which to look at contemporary events and the socio- political landscape, is presented. This is juxtaposed with the presentation of the new Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria and its approach in engaging the research, collection, conservation, and preservation of the art of a continent and how this engages with a contemporary African identity.

  • Christopher Martin Till (South Africa)

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