Personhood, the law, and the aesthetics of representation in South Africa
Friday 25 November 2016, 18.15 BP Lecture Theatre Free, booking required
In this lecture Jean and John Comaroff, Harvard University, tell of the death of famous Zulu maskanda singer Khulekani Khumalo in 2010, and his dramatic reappearance, to huge public interest, two years later. In unravelling the narrative of this event, they pose the question of how personhood is fashioned in contemporary South Africa, why experimentation in fakery is so common, and how the aesthetics of re-presentation are central to the story.
Free entry and priority access to all special exhibitions including:
- The BP exhibition Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds (19 May 2016 - 27 November 2016)
- South Africa: the art of a nation (27 October 2016 - 26 February 2017)
- The American Dream: pop to the present (9 March 2017 – 18 June 2017)