Wooden sculptures, when defined by art institutions, are closely linked with culture, a move that devalues their artistic properties. In this conversation we consider how this framing of the wooden sculpture as low art delegitimizes this artistic medium.
Cultural identity, arguably, is closely associated with people’s relationship to land and the natural resources therein. By interrogating heritage, cultural identity and access to resources (such as land and derivative minerals, i.e. iron and gold), we consider a series of questions that reflects on the two gold collections housed in the Javett-UP Gold of Africa Tower.
In this Webinar we consider the representation of masculinities in South Africa. Locating the debate in u-Mqhayi’s (/2001: 129) treatment of inkundla ka Maqoma – wherein u-Maqoma arbitrated on the matter of i-koboka nomlungu – we tease out the representations of Black masculinity and violence.
In this conversation, we look at the artistic archive as conceptualised by the pre and post European Enlightenment era.
The 101 Collecting Conversations: Signature Works of a Century exhibition at the Javett-UP includes the Keiskamma Guernica Tapestry (on loan from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum).
With the democratic dispensation framing the country as a social context that upholds the rights of all, we here consider how this framework might be/or is undercut by the language and public narratives of masculinities.
The Javett-UP Book Club, is in partnership with the GALA and the UP Centre for Sexualities, Aids and Gender is hosting its first digital event on 5 June 2020. It will unpack and discuss gender and especially queerness and queer identity, and social commentary in art and elsewhere about LGBTIQ persons and communities.