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Acts of Transgression

Author: Catherine Boulle
Editors: Catherine Boulle, Jay Pather
Contributors: Alan Parker, Andrew Hennlich, Bettina Malcomess, Catherine Boulle, Gabrielle Goliath, Jay Pather, Katlego Disemelo, Khwezi Gule, Lieketso Dee Mohoto–Wa Thaluki, Massa Lemu, Mwenya B. Kabwe, Nomusa Makhubu, Nondumiso Msimanga, Same Mdluli, Sarah Nuttall

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In this ground-breaking collection of critical essays, 15 writers explore the experimental, interdisciplinary and radically transgressive field of contemporary live art in South Africa.

Set against a contemporary South African society that is chronologically ‘post’ apartheid, but one that continues to grapple with material redress, land redistribution and systemic racism, Acts of Transgression finds a representation of the complexity of this moment within the rich potential of a performative art form that transcends disciplinary boundaries and aesthetic conventions. The collection probes live art’s intersection with crisis and socio-political turbulence, shifting notions of identity and belonging, embodied trauma and loss, questions of archive, memory and the troubling of colonial systems of knowing, an interrogation of narratives of the past and visions for the future.