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Speaking Through an Interpreter

Pieter-Dirk Uys and his Mbeki puppet poke South African leadership in its tender spots.

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Above Disgrace: Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee

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African Diminuendo of a Classic Sound

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Tooting Her Horn

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Dancing with Nothing but Heart

Through their performance art they have dealt with the legislation of sodomy, addressed the smoking of marijuana, contemplated being trained to behave in the world by learning the 'tricks' that society expects, and confronted homophobia and anti-Semitism.

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Crouching Synagogue, Hidden Witness

I question the value of my presence there, as a white woman amongst young black people who historically shouldn't want to be near me or my kind.

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White Like Me

Murray refuses to pussyfoot around politically correct representation of ethnic diversity.

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Daydreams While Balancing Atop a Narrow Fence

If my Jewish identity was more easily recognisable, and I took a slightly faulty step in social protocols, would I also be fleeing on shot-out tires?

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Phoenix in My Backyard

Ziabuya shows the community that there is something special and incredible growing in the city's belly.

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Kentridge Matters

With his conceptual experiments, collaborative projects and performed artworks, Kentridge has succeeded in awaking everyone to the notion of classical narrative, fabulous music, the South African gesammtkunstwerk . . .

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In no-man's land I got lost

In Afrikaner alternative music and poetry, Johannes Kerkorrel was like the Bob Dylan of white South Africa . . .

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Joan Miró: An African Experience

. . . improvisation with materials that represent throwaway elements of our day-to-day existence is par for the course, both visually and economically.

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Johnny Clegg: A South African Story

He was the first vocal artist to use Nelson Mandela's name in lyrics, but South Africans only got to hear them after the new democracy had come about.

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Still Standing: The Sharpeville Six

. . . The previous government gave killers the golden handshake and the present government gave them amnesty . . .

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Apartheid: Now in Museum Form

Paralleling concepts like apartheid with the Holocaust . . . has become a bit of a knee-jerk analogy that is often deeply fashionable and very disturbing . . .

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The Umbrella: A South African cultural weapon?

During apartheid, if a controversial South African artist went out of the country and 'made it' by gaining acknowledgement from 'real' galleries Out There before returning, suddenly the former pariah would magically become prodigal son and worthy citizen.

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Who Let the Dogs Out?

. . . instinctively, you know to steel yourself for what waits on the other side of this curtain.

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Dividing the Horses from the Donkeys

(W)hile we have to remain philosophical about the projects that begin like race horses and end like donkeys, the spark is there for all manner of animal to pick up some speed.

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