In this ground-breaking collection of critical essays, 15 writers
explore the experimental, interdisciplinary and radically
transgressive field of contemporary live art in South Africa.
against a contemporary South African society that is
chronologically `post' apartheid, but one that continues to grapple
with material redress, land redistribution and systemic racism,
Acts of Transgression finds a representation of the complexity of
this moment within the rich potential of a performative art form
that transcends disciplinary boundaries and aesthetic conventions.
The collection probes live art's intersection with crisis and
socio-political turbulence, shifting notions of identity and
belonging, embodied trauma and loss, questions of archive, memory
and the troubling of colonial systems of knowing,
of narratives of the past and visions for the future.These diverse
essays, analysing the work of more than 25 contemporary South
African artists and accompanied by a striking visual record of more
than 50 photographs, represent the first major critical study of
contemporary live art in South Africa; a study that is as timeous
as it is imperative.
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