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Art Historian Karen Von Veh to Speak on the Aftermath of Apartheid in South African Art

Posted 01/31/2017
Submitted by Sherry Buckberrough
Category: Campus Announcements, Student Announcements

Sponsored by the Art History Department, art historian Karen Von Veh of the University of Johannesburg will speak on the persistent effects of colonialism and apartheid, long after their official demise, in contemporary South African art. Despite having one of the best constitutions in the world, the legacy of past injustices perpetuates social ills in South Africa. Contemporary artists, in turn, resist and protest with printmaking, comics, sculpture and painting, often using Christian imagery to create allegories that reveal the nation’s troubling social and political circumstances. Von Veh will feature artist Diane Victor, known for illustrations of atrocities inflicted on women drawn with smoke on glass. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. in East Hall 220.