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The Taxi Dance: Music and Visual Art in Contemporary South Africa, April 29

In 2015, Wesley van Eeden unveiled The Taxi Dance, a mural-style painting commissioned for the Queens College campus. Professors Noah Tsika (Media Studies) and Jason Tougaw (English) discussed Van Eeden’s artistic process and influences, particularly music. They screened music videos that represented aspects of contemporary life in South Africa seldom understood outside the nation’s borders. Artists included in the presentation were Spoek Mathambo, Die Antwoord, and BoyznBuck$.

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Wesley van Eeden is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer and painter who works for clients across the world as well as exhibiting his personal work in various galleries–including designs on skateboards, political murals, and portraits.

Noah Tsika is Assistant Professor of Media Studies. He is the author of Nollywood Stars: Media and Migration in West Africa and the Diaspora and Gods and Monsters: A Queer Film Classic. He teaches courses on African cinema.

Jason Tougaw is Associate Professor of English. He is the author of Strange Cases: The Medical Case History and the British Novel and co-editor (with Nancy K. Miller) of Extremities: Trauma, Testimony, and Community. He teaches a course on “Memoirs of Life in South Africa.”

April 29, 2015
The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College

 

Sponsors: Year of South Africa, Department of English & Department of Art

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