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Visual Redress in Africa from Indigenous and New Materialist Perspectives

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ISBN 9781032368535
June 20, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 20 Color & 33 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Through an indigenous and new materialist thinking approach, this book discusses various examples in Africa where colonial public art, statues, signs, and buildings were removed or changed after countries’ independence. 


An African perspective on these processes will bring new understandings and assist in finding ways to address issues in other countries and continents. These often-unresolved issues attract much attention, but finding ways of working through them requires a deeper and broader approach. Contributors propose an African indigenous knowledge perspective in relation to new materialism as alternative approaches to engage with visual redress and decolonisation of spaces in an African context. Authors such as Frans Fanon, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, and George Dei will be referred to regarding indigenous knowledge, decolonialisation, and Africanisation and Karen Barad, Donna Haraway, and Rosi Braidotti regarding new materialism. 


The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, visual culture, heritage studies, African studies, and architecture. 


Table of Contents


Mugendi K. M'rithaa

Introduction: Originating, (re)creating and (re)futuring visual redress

Elmarie Costandius and Gera de Villiers

Section A: Theoretical perspectives on visual redress

1. Engaging in Indigenous anti-colonial knowledge production

George Sefa Dei and Sarah Brooks

2. Feminist new materialism and visual redress

Vivienne Bozalek

Section B: Visual redress in Africa

3. ‘Africanising’ a modern art history curriculum in Nigerian universities: Development and constraints

Freeborn Otunokpaiwo Odiboh

4. Reflecting on post-apartheid heritage redress: From unsettled pasts to unsettled presents and uncertain futures

Sipokazi Madida

5. Change and stasis in the semiotic landscape of a school for young offenders in Eswatini: Towards a decolonial space

Virginia Dlamini-Akintola and Marcelyn Oostendorp

6. Visual redress at Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Gera de Villiers, Elmarie Costandius, and Leslie van Rooi

7. Whatever happened to Cecil?: Monuments commemorating Rhodes before and after #RhodesMustFall

Brenda Schmahmann

8. Postcolonial monuments in Bamako, Mali: Encoding heritage, history and modernity

Mary Jo Arnoldi

9. Landscapes of memory: Ake Centenary Hall and the making of Egba identity, 1934–1999

Mufutau Oluwasegun Jimoh

10. The art of (de)colonisation: Memorials, buildings and public space in Maputo around independence

Ricardo Mendonça and Lisandra Franco de Mendonça

11. The Faidherbe Monument and Memory-Making in Saint-Louis-du-Sénégal, 1887-2020

Kalala Ngalamulume

12. The removal of colonial names, symbols and monuments in Uganda

Bamuturaki Musinguzi and Rose Kirumira

13. From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe: Renaming of places and streets in Zimbabwe

Excellent Chireshe and Jephias Dzimbanhete

Section C: Visual redress abroad

14. From the monument to the museum: Controversy and diversity in dealing with toxic monuments in Germany

Urte Evert

15. Reclaiming the Monument: Processes towards dismantling symbols of oppression in Richmond, Virginia

Alex Criqui

16. Dreaming of destruction: From direct action to speculative iconoclasm in Aboriginal protest, Australia, 1970–2021

Nikolas Orr


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Elmarie Costandius is associate professor in the Visual Arts Department at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Gera de Villiers is Postdoctoral Fellow for Visual Redress at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

Leslie van Rooi is Senior Director: Social Impact and Transformation at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.