Conditions of Cultural Production in post-apartheid South Africa

JVF Conference Papers

The issue of culture is a complex one mostly because it is a slippery term, malleable, morphing, growing and developing expansively, embracing all the facets of our existence, thus constantly denying any fix’d mark.

To speak of culture only as an abstract concept, is to deny the nature of its tangibility, the trace-abilities of its inscription, from the high brow delineations of art to the daily rituals of our existence. Paintings, film, music, fashion to the work spaces we inhabit, the food we choose to buy and the places we consume it reflect on the expansive nature of this term, not just as an idea constructed but as a construction which circumscribes us.

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