Warhol in Africa: contradictions, complications and conflicts

Stacey Vorster, University of the Witwatersrand On the evening of 26 July, over 5,000 people streamed into Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg to attend the opening of its latest exhibition, Warhol Unscreened: Artworks from the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Collection. Andy Warhol, an American artist known for his images of pop culture, celebrities and …

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South African student politics 40 years after Soweto

By Imogen Mathers On 16 June 1976, thousands of schoolchildren took to the streets of the Johannesburg township of Soweto, in protest at the apartheid government’s imposition of Afrikaans as the language of instruction, as well as at broader government oppressions. The brutal police response to the Soweto uprising shocked the world and became a …

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S. Africa must retell its past to shape a fairer future

By Imogen Mathers If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or go here to download.   Last year was an explosive one for South African higher education. University protests across the country sparked nationwide debates on fees, access to education and how university curriculums could be decolonised, for example …

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Free university education is not the route to social justice

George Hull, University of Cape Town “Free education in our lifetime” is the campaign slogan many students have adopted in the recent protests across South Africa against university fee increases. The country’s higher education minister is among those who have replied that, although free education for all university students would be the ideal, it is …

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