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Trump and the K-pop hack | Pop culture fandoms & social justice
Donald Trump’s political career is rooted in a fanatical fanbase of supporters, who have an intense personal connection with his toxic personality along with his racist and xenophobic ideology. Along with the public spectacle of public rallies, his 2016 Presidential campaign used social media campaigning (including extensive covert data mining) to successfully win the American...
‘8’- An ambitious new South African folk horror
2020 is a big year for South African director’s making films about evil and cursed farmhouses! First out were the cosmic terrors of Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space, that was followed by the Afrikaans drama Griekwastad—based on the horrific true life crimes of Don Steenkamp. And now, Netflix has released Harold Holscher’s 8 (also...
Middle Centre: on V Mash, radical Black aesthetic production and those honoured only in death
The text that is to follow is an exercise of sorts between writer Kneo Mokgopa and myself. An attempt at writing together from afar and from places of familiar difference, of Vinolia Mashego, who was affectionally known as V Mash to us and the rest of the nation. To write of her in remembrance and...
Thabiso Sekgala // Bôna – exploring how social borders determine visibility in society
In the entrance of Goodman Gallery Thabiso Sekgala’s Tiger, selected from his series Second Transition confronts visitors. The direct, firm gaze of the man photographed is softened by the fleece tiger beanie on his head, making him a figure that welcomes, but also introduces one to Sekgala’s thematic explorations of (in)visibility, ideas of home, belonging...
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