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Book launch: The Art of Life in South Africa by Daniel R. Magaziner

University of KwaZulu-Natal Press and Adams Books cordially invite you to the launch of The Art of Life in South Africa by Daniel Magaziner.

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IsiShweshwe traces the origins of the cloth, its early usage, and cultural adaptations

The cross-cultural usage of a particular cloth type – blueprint – is central to South African cultural history.

Known locally as seshoeshoe or isishweshwe, among many other localised names, South African blueprint originated in the Far East and East Asia.

Adapted and absorbed by the West, blueprint in Africa was originally associated with trade, coercion, colonisation, Westernisation, religious conversion and even slavery, but residing within its hues and patterns was a resonance that endured.

The cloth came to reflect histories of hardship, courage and survival, but it also conveyed the taste and aesthetic predilections of its users, preferences often shared across racial and cultural divides.

In its indigenisation, isishweshwe has subverted its former history and alien origins and has come to reflect the authority of its users and their culture, conveying resilience, innovation and adaptation and above all a distinctive South Africanness.

In this beautifully illustrated book Juliette Leeb-du Toit traces the origins of the cloth, its early usage and cultural adaptations, and its emerging regional, cultural and aesthetic significance.

In examining its usage and current national significance, she highlights some of the salient features associated with histories of indigenisation.

An art historian who has a particular interest in African and South African art, Juliette Leeb-du Toit has also had a lifelong interest in design and textiles. She is currently engaged in the recovery of modernisms in design history, the impact of German modernism in South Africa and the impact of China on the arts in South Africa.

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Book launch: The Illustrated Glossary of Southern African Architectural Terms

Franco Frescura, one of the authors of Illustrated Glossary of Southern African Architectural Terms will be giving talks on this book and its impact not only on architecture, but also on an inclusive account of cultural history in SA

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Breathing Spaces – a photographical exploration of the relationship between people and their neighborhoods in Durban


Breathing Spaces is a book of environmental portraits, composed of photographs taken in the first decade of the twenty-first century, a few years after South Africa’s democracy. It explores how photographic images can move us, can unlock personal and shared memories, can prompt public debate, can unsettle us and challenge us to think about alternative environmental futures. The photographs in Breathing Spaces explore the relationship between people and three neighbourhoods located south of Durban harbour: Wentworth, Merebank and Lamontville.

Durban’s densely populated southern basin is well known as a flashpoint of pollution perpetrated by South African industries and transnational petrochemical corporations. It is also known for the conflict over plans for further, dirty economic growth.

Breathing Spaces: Environmental Portraits of Durban’s Industrial South presents portraits of people and living spaces taken by social documentary photographer Jenny Gordon. These are interleaved with reproductions of images from family albums and are variously accompanied by extracts from Marijke du Toit’s conversations with the people portrayed, their friends, family and neighbours. A selection of photographs taken by local residents who participated in photographic workshops and exhibitions, held in the particular neighbourhoods, are also included. As a composite portrait, this book presents long histories of personal, communal and familial places in South Durban. It explores the possibilities of photography through conversation, and conversation through photography. It is about the struggle to take personal breath against social and environmental injustice.

Historian Marijke du Toit is based in the Faculty of Arts at the University of the Western Cape, where she works as a specialist for teaching and learning in Higher Education. Before moving to UWC she was based at the History Department of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban.

Photographer Jenny Gordon lectures photojournalism at the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, Grahamstown.

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Introducing Siyazama: Art, AIDS and Education edited by Kate Wells

SiyazamaThe Siyazama Project enables rural traditional craftswomen from KwaZulu-Natal to express their concerns about AIDS and all of its complexities through their beautiful beaded cloth dolls and beadwork.

The project and its producers communicate and spread awareness on HIV/AIDS through creative workshops, local and international exhibitions, museum collections, publications and on-going research activities. Project leader, Kate Wells, has compiled Siyazama: Art, AIDS and Education, an attractive, full-colour book to illustrate the main collaborators’ role in Siyazama to date.

‘The Siyazama Project effectively melds the arts, public health and the power of social networks into a culturally sensitive and strategically effective challenge to the AIDS epidemic in South Africa. This is what arts and health is all about.’ – Gary Christenson, M.D., University of Minnesota and President of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare.

About the editor

Kate Wells is an Associate Professor and Senior Graphic Design Lecturer at the Durban University of Technology.

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The African Art Centre Features the Art of William Zulu

Spring Will ComeLiyoze Line NangakithiDespite living a confining life restricted to a wheelchair, William Zulu’s art has taken him many places. And this might never have been the case were it not for Zulu’s encounter with a young occupational therapist who noticed Zulu’s drawing abilities and encouraged him to enroll at the famous Art and Craft Centre at Rorke’s Drift.

Since then, Zulu has exhibited nationally and internationally, with his art displayed as far afield as the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) and at the international exhibition celebrating the unification of East and West Germany in 1991.

The African Art Centre features the artist and his prints, which are for sale from their website:

The African Art Centre: Focus on William Zulu

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A New Translation for Artist William Zulu’s Autobiography: Introducing Liyoze Line Nangakithi

William ZuluLiyoze Line NangakithiUKZN Press is delighted to announce the translation, into Zulu, of William Zulu’s biography, Spring Will Come.

Liyoze Line Nangakithi is a powerful and moving story about the life of writer and artist William Zulu. William was born during the time of the oppression of black people in South Africa, a time that caused much hardship among communities and families. He invites us to journey with him as he shows us the joy and the hardship of growing up in Emondlo, and the challenges that he faced and overcame there.

He shares with us his experiences as an art student at the famous Rorke’s Drift Art and Crafts Centre, where he learnt the skills that led to him becoming a world-renowned linocut artist, eventually invited to exhibit his work overseas.

William has lived for a long time with disability, ever since a problem that he experienced with his legs when he was a young man. This led to him being operated on in Baragwanath Hospital – an operation which went wrong, resulting in complete paralysis of the lower part of his body.

But this book about his life is not a book of mourning and hopelessness. Instead it is an invitation for us to see the power of God and the spirit of ubuntu in those that he met on his life’s journey.

Through the mind’s eye we are privileged to see and learn about the place William grew up in and experience the journey he has travelled. We are awed by the bravery! The love and hope he plants in us with this well-told story is the gift I believe every reader will take away with them.
– Gcina Mhlophe

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George Hallett’s Photographic Tribute to SA, Moving in Time, Now Available at a New Low Price

Moving in TimeOn 27th April 2004, South Africa’s new democracy was ten years old. It was a memorable decade, certainly one of the most fascinating in this country’s history. Six years on, and photographer George Hallett’s tribute to the seminal first decade, Moving in Time: Images of Life in a Democratic South Africa, is as relevant as ever.

UKZN Press is delighted to announce that this important book is now available in shops at a new price of R325, which is R100 off the original price.

South Africa’s transition to democracy set off a whirlwind of change. Social dynamics were unleashed, leading to rapid, exhilarating – and sometimes bewildering – transformation in every sphere of South African society. Moving in Time (Published with Deep South) presents a look back at this eventful period; to take stock of what has happened, celebrate their achievements and assess their shortcomings.

Although ultimately, a celebration of the achievements of a nation that has managed to come together after centuries of division and conflict, this photographic essay also portrays some of the problem areas the country has experienced. The photographs depict all the aspects of life in this country over the past decade and include achievements in areas such as the arts, education, science, sport, commerce and politics.

About the photographer

George Hallett is one of South Africa’s most highly respected photographers, with his work having been widely exhibited both in South Africa and many countries abroad. He has also made several documentary films. He has scoured the archives and approached photographers throughout the country for images that best reflect the spirit of the eventful decade.

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  • Moving in Time: Images of Life in a Democratic South Africa by George Hallett, with a foreword by Mandla Langa
    EAN: 9780620320276
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