1st Edition

Visual Redress in Africa from Indigenous and New Materialist Perspectives

Edited By Elmarie Costandius, Gera de Villiers Copyright 2023
    264 Pages 20 Color & 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 20 Color & 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 Frantz 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.


    Mugendi K. M'rithaa

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

    Elmarie Costandius and Gera de Villiers

    Section I: 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 II: 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

    Jimoh Mufutau Oluwasegun

    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 statue and memory making in Saint-Louis-du-Sénégal, 1887–2020

    Kalala Ngalamulume

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

    Rose H. Kirumira and Bamuturaki Musinguzi

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

    Excellent Chireshe and Jephias Dzimbanhete

    Section III: 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


    Nike Romano


    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.