South African art now by Sue Williamson [book review].
journal contributionposted on 22.08.2014, 13:54 by Marion Arnold
The question, ‘Who is South African?’ is not easily answered yet it needs consideration when reviewing South African Art Now. In 1652 the Dutch occupied the Cape. They co-existed with nomadic Khoisan people but imported slaves from Central Africa and the Far East, resulting in the ‘Colored’ (mixed race) classification of the 20th century. In 1806 the British assumed rule of the Cape Colony, while on the eastern frontier Bantu-speaking peoples moved down Africa. Different black groups battled for supremacy and the Zulu became dominant, causing other clans to disperse. Resenting British government, the Boers moved north (the Great Trek) and founded independent republics, and the British established a second colony in the east – Natal. In 1910 the Union of South Africa bound together British colonies and former Boer republics; theoretically the inhabitants of this new British dominion were ‘South African’...
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