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Recycling Rubbish

Many of you know those spectacular images of burning computer parts and beautiful, sad young men, taken in some God-forsaken corner of polluted Ghana where the ‘West’ has dumped all…..

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Tofo Tofo

So about those pantsula references in Beyonce’s latest video: Beyonce and her choreographer, Frank Gatson Jr, had seen a Mozambican group, Tofo Tofo, on Youtube. This is Gatson talking to…..

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Beyoncé and the Hyena

American R&B singer Beyonce has described the new video for her single “Run This World (Girls)” as “futuristic,” “electronic” and “African.” Of the overload of half-references in the video, some…..

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Photographs are perceived to represent reality in their reference to a subject; their ability to create these physical, indexical connections to reality in viewers’ minds means that photography is often…..

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'Contemporary South African Photography'

[vodpod id=Video.5895661&w=500&h=411&fv=requestURL%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.vam.ac.uk%2Fchannel%2Fjson%2Fvideo_player.php%3Fid%3D629%2526style%3D0%2526embeded%3Dtrue%26amp%3BurlToShare%3Dhttp%3A%2F%2Fwww.vam.ac.uk%2Fchannel%2Fpeople%2Fphotography%2Ffigures_and_fictions_sabelo_mlangeni%2F] A short video profile of the Johannesburg photographer, Sabelo Mlangeni, one of 17 South African photographers in “Figures & Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography“, showing from 12 April…..

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The first-encounter aesthetic rush

If you’re wondering what took us so long to say something about South African rapper Spoek Mathambo’s new music video — for his cover of Joy Division’s “She’s Lost Control”…..

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Pieter Hugo's Nollywood

I first saw Pieter Hugo’s ““Nollywood” at the opening party for his exhibit at Michael Stevenson Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa, in January 2008. I went with a group…..