The Lives of Objects and why Intercultural Exchange is Nothing New

Featured Image: Shield, collected from Rockingham Bay by John Ewen Davidson in 1866-68, 99.8 x 42.5 cm. British Museum. Oc.7696. As part of the extensive collection of Australian Indigenous artefacts at the British Museum, the Rockingham bay rainforest shield tells a deeply divisive story of the meeting of cultures, and the making and undoing of […]

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Curation, Exhibition-Making and the Construction of Perspective

Main image: Installation view of ‘International Congress of African Culture’, 1962, a pan-African exhibition at the Rhodes National Gallery, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), which set a precedent for ‘Magiciens de la terre’, the Pompidou Centre, Paris, 1989, an exhibition frequently featured in my research. Courtesy: National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare In the past few years, […]

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The Argument Against Linear Art History

In the Hegelian perspective, art reflects the spirit of the times. Linear art history is a history of styles in which this zeitgeist is expressed, which follow each other chronologically. French philosopher and art historian Georges Didi-Huberman questions the traditional view of anachronism and art history, from which the term ‘displaced resemblance’ emerged. In his opinion, […]

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Debates in Art History (part 1): THE SUBLIME

Definitions of the term ‘sublime’ has undergone a multitude of fluctuations and scholarly influences since the Greek work Perì hýpsous, attributed to Cassius Longinus sometime in the 1st-3rd century AD. Through the study of the origins, meanings and various uses of the term sublime since Longinus, it is thought that its contemporary interpretation, in relation […]

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PONDERING OUR FUTURE – Nostalgia as a Method of Display

As explored in the exhibition HUMAN +: The Future of Our Species, 2015-16. Pondering Our Future – Nostalgia as a Method of Display As explored in the exhibition HUMAN +: The Future of Our Species, 2015-16 Exhibitions like HUMAN + that intend to shed light upon the complications that arise in the face of human […]

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This particular essay is quite special to me. It marks the moment that I truly fell in love with modern art and abstraction. Important to note here is that at the time I wrote this (during the second year of my undergraduate degree), I had not yet come to know of the female artist Hilma af […]



“Mind-map” exercise I did ala James Elkins’ ‘Stories of Art’ (which, by the way is an absolutely fantastic and fun read – highly recommended!). This maze is the conceptualisation of my trajectory learning about and encountering art from kindergarten through Master degree. More than just a mapping of histories and the shaping of my particular […]

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“The Slave Ship” and the ghosts that reside

This particular write-up was a favourite of mine last year. This is the result of a few musings regarding Turner’s controversial depiction of the slave trade and how poetry or other forms of art can highlight certain historical and epistemological shortcomings. The topic drove home how history is written and re-written with a lacklustre examination […]

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