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David Goldblatt. Berg-en-Dal Monument, Dalmanutha, Mpumalanga, December 1983.

Global and International Studies Program and Africana Studies Program Present

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
In the Time of Color: David Goldblatt’s Intersections
Olin, Room 102
4:45 pm
Leslie Wilson
This talk explores David Goldblatt’s shift to color photography for his Intersections series, begun in 1999. I argue that Goldblatt’s use of color throws into sharp relief a wider set of transformations in what had become technologically, rhetorically, politically, and artistically possible in postapartheid South Africa. More than offering an easy metaphor about South Africa’s transition from a nation structured by the opposition of white and nonwhite peoples to the polychrome promise of the “Rainbow Nation,” I contend that the use of color photography is emblematic of a shift away from certain kinds of self-censorship and toward an expanded range of formal possibilities that could newly be understood to possess a critical edge and represent socially engaged subject matter. 

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Time: 4:45 pm

Location: Olin, Room 102