Visiting artist Wesley van Eeden–from Durban, South Africa–created “Southapedia,” a tumblr site full of videos, lectures, articles, and interviews he conducted with a wide range of South African people. The goal of the site is to give the Queens College community a sense of contemporary life in South Africa.
Van Eeden is working with QC students to create a mural-style painting inspired by South African music culture. The painting will be unveiled on Wednesday, April 29 (12:15, Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Klapper Hall).
The End of the Rainbow Nation Myth (New York Times)
April 12, 2015 Op-Ed by Sisonke Msimang, columnist for the South African website The Daily Maverick and the former executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa.
Dion Chang: “Are the Born-Frees Born to Free-Fall?”
Journalist and cultural critic Dion Chang discusses social and economic challenges the first generation of of South Africans to grow up after Apartheid. During the spring 2015 semester, visiting artist Wesley Van Eeden will work with a group of Queens College students to create a large-scale work of art that explores these challenges. Listen to the podcast at:
+27: Behind the Scenes
+27 is a South African film project designed to train crews of young filmmakers to tell South African stories.
Don’t miss this 2012 New York Times slide show of photographs from Drum Magazine, which coincided with an exhibit at the International Center for Photography: Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life.