Visual Redress Collection


Book: Visual Redress in Africa from Indigenous and New Materialist Perspectives

Costandius, E. & de Villiers, G. (Eds.) (June 2023)
Visual Redress in Africa from Indigenous and New Materialist Perspectives.

Book Summary:

Through an indigenous and new materialist thinking approach, this book discusses various examples in Africa where colonial public art, statues, signs and buildings were removed or changed after countries’ independence.

An African perspective on these processes will bring new understandings and assist in finding ways to address issues in other countries and continents. These often-unresolved issues attract much attention, but finding ways of working through them requires a deeper and broader approach. Contributors propose an African indigenous knowledge perspective in relation to new materialism as alternative approaches to engage with visual redress and decolonisation of spaces in an African context. Authors such as Frantz Fanon, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and George Dei will be referred to regarding indigenous knowledge, decolonialisation, and Africanisation and Karen Barad, Donna Haraway, and Rosi Braidotti regarding new materialism.

The book will be of interest to scholars working in art history, visual culture, heritage studies, African studies and architecture.

Table of Contents

Mugendi K. M’rithaa

Introduction: Originating, (re)creating and (re)futuring visual redress
Elmarie Costandius and Gera de Villiers

Section I: Theoretical perspectives on visual redress

  • Chapter 1: Engaging in Indigenous anti-colonial knowledge production
    George Sefa Dei and Sarah Brooks
  • Chapter 2: Feminist new materialism and visual redress
    Vivienne Bozalek

Section II: Visual redress in Africa

  • Chapter 3: “Africanising” a modern art history curriculum in Nigerian universities: Development and constraints
    Freeborn Otunokpaiwo Odiboh
  • Chapter 4: Reflecting on post-apartheid heritage redress: From unsettled pasts to unsettled presents and uncertain futures
    Sipokazi Madida
  • Chapter 5: Change and stasis in the semiotic landscape of a school for young offenders in Eswatini: Towards a decolonial space
    Virginia Dlamini-Akintola and Marcelyn Oostendorp
  • Chapter 6: Visual redress at Stellenbosch University, South Africa
    Gera de Villiers, Elmarie Costandius and Leslie van Rooi
  • Chapter 7: Whatever happened to Cecil?: Monuments commemorating Rhodes before and after #RhodesMustFall
    Brenda Schmahmann
  • Chapter 8: Postcolonial monuments in Bamako, Mali: Encoding heritage, history and modernity
    Mary Jo Arnoldi
  • Chapter 9: Landscapes of memory: Ake Centenary Hall and the making of Egba identity, 1934–1999
    Mufutau Oluwasegun Jimoh
  • Chapter 10: The art of (de)colonisation: Memorials, buildings and public space in Maputo around independence
    Ricardo Mendonça and Lisandra Franco de Mendonça
  • Chapter 11: The Faidherbe statue and memory making in Saint-Louis-du-Sénégal, 1887–2020
    Kalala Ngalamulume
  • Chapter 12: The removal of colonial names, symbols and monuments in Uganda
    Rose N. Kirumira and Bamuturaki Musinguzi
  • Chapter 13: From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe: Renaming of places and streets in Zimbabwe
    Excellent Chireshe and Jephias Dzimbanhete

Section III: Visual redress abroad

  • Chapter 14: From the monument to the museum: Controversy and diversity in dealing with toxic monuments in Germany
    Urte Evert
  • Chapter 15: Reclaiming the Monument: Processes towards dismantling symbols of oppression in Richmond, Virginia
    Alex Criqui
  • Chapter 16: Dreaming of destruction: From direct action to speculative iconoclasm in Aboriginal protest, Australia, 1970–2021
    Nikolas Orr

Nike Romano

Book: Evoking Transformation: Visual Redress at Stellenbosch University

Aslam Fataar, Elmarie Costandius
This book presents a reflective account of a pertinent aspect of institutional transformation at one South African university. It contains chapters written by institutional actors from across Stellenbosch University (SU) who have been doing generative work in the area of visual redress.

Book Summary:

“This book is especially timely and will be very influential in the acknowledgment of the importance of institutional transformation in the context of heritage in postcolonial universities in South Africa, Africa, and globally.” Dr Mathias Alubafi Fubah Human Sciences Research Council “This book is a significant contribution to Higher Education globally in doing Transformation and doing change in Institutional Culture. It is a powerful reference point and resource for transformation offices/social justice units in South Africa and globally as we continue to engage with the Hard Science of Change. Visual Redress provides insight into the specific choices made by Stellenbosch University in relation to its location and healing institutionally harmed communities. We must learn from this as we continuously engage with our praxis.” Dr Bernadette Judith Johnson Director: Transformation and Employment Equity Office University of the Witwatersrand

Table of Contents

1. Introducing a reflective perspective on ‘visual redress as transformation’ at Stellenbosch University 
Aslam Fataar and Elmarie Costandius

Section A: Visual redress trajectories at Stellenbosch University
2. ‘Discourse speaks us’: Visual redress at Stellenbosch University, 2000–2021
Aslam Fataar

3. Transforming the Stellenbosch University landscape(s): The journey of visual redress at Stellenbosch University
Leslie van Rooi

4. Visual redress at Stellenbosch University: A reflection on practice from 2010 to 2021
Elmarie Costandius

Section B: Site-based visual redress initiatives at the university
5. Preserving knowledge: The Stellenbosch University Library visual redress journey
Ellen Tise, Stephané Conradie and Mimi Seyffert-Wirth

6. Reflections on visual transformation in a science context and future implications
Faadiel Essop

7. Committed to Transformation: The journey of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Charter
Khairoonisa Foflonker

8. Law and visual redress: The space between insider and outsider
Bradley Slade

9. Visual redress: Decolonising the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University?
Reggie Nel

Section C: Voice and agency enunciations amid visual redress experiences at Stellenbosch University
10. Visual redress as restitution: Conversation
Renee Hector-Kannemeyer and Otto van Noie

11. Work IN Conversation: Discussing one artist’s creative interventions on Stellenbosch University campus
Gera de Villiers and Charles Palm

12. Indexing visual redress at Stellenbosch University: Ways of viewing and reading while walking through the Arts and Social Sciences Building
Faaiz Gierdien

Section D: Reflexive considerations on the transformative potential of visual redress
13. Functions and uses of visual redress initiatives
Nico Koopman

14. Bibliography on visual representational culture at Stellenbosch University
Mimi Seyffert-Wirth