Kathleen Madden, in Artforum, on Zwelethu Mthethwa’s 2010 series “The Braves Ones,” showing through July 17th at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London:

[“The Brave Ones”] documents Zulu boys from the Shembe church wearing pink gingham or rich red tartan kilts with tribal hats, a mixed visual code that evokes the Scottish Highlanders who were deployed to the region in the late nineteenth century. The boys pose before the lush backdrop of the KwaZulu Natal, aka the “garden province,” making them appear timeless in an Arcadian landscape.

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