PANEL10PAPER1[1] IMPACT6 for publication.pdf (881.77 kB)
Download file

Cutting anti-apartheid images: Bongiwe Dhlomo's activist linocut prints

Download (881.77 kB)
conference contribution
posted on 21.08.2014, 14:59 by Marion Arnold
This paper discusses political content in a series of linocut prints created by a female Zulu artist, Bongiwe (commonly known as Bongi) Dhlomo (b. 1956) in 1982 during late apartheid in South Africa. Deeply influenced by the 1976 Soweto uprising, Dhlomo decided to study art at Rorke’s Drift (The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Southern Africa’s Art and Craft Centre) and, on graduating, created images with political content. I explore her visual portrayal of the spatial politics resulting from apartheid ideology, and the policy of separate development. In order to establish ‘homelands’ for different ethnic groups, the Nationalist government undertook forced removals and relocated people, taking them from established communities to ‘historic’ places of origin. Focussing on Dhlomo’s ‘Removals’ series (1982) I consider her images as a spatial narrative about black South African experience and discuss the iconography of the seven ‘Removals’ prints, and the appropriateness of linocut as a process for personal commentary on the disruptive migrations experienced by millions of black South Africans. I argue that Dhlomo’s empathetic, representational rendering of the diasporic condition offers a record of historic events, avoids the didactic tone and stylistic mannerisms of much ‘protest art’ and ‘struggle politics’, and expresses deeply felt responses to South African life under apartheid.

History

School

  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • Arts

Published in

IMPACT 6 International Printmaking conference

Pages

131 - 136 (6)

Citation

ARNOLD, M., 2011. Cutting anti-apartheid images: Bongiwe Dhlomo's activist linocut prints. IN: Hoskins, S. (ed). IMPACT 6 Multi-disciplinary Printmaking Conference Proceedings. IMPACT Print Conference, Bristol, UK, 16th-19th September 2009. Impact Press, pp. 131 - 136.

Publisher

Impact Press, UWE Bristol

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2011

Notes

This is a conference paper.

ISBN

9781906501037

Language

en

Location

Bristol

Usage metrics

Keywords

Exports