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Strange Cargo
Strange Cargo

Essays on Art

by Ashraf Jamal.
Edited by Sven Christian
A series of searing essays, capturing the spirit and essence of the South African landscape of contemporary art. Strange Cargo: Essays on Art is a collection of forty essays by Ashraf Jamal. It can be regarded as the twin of Jamal’s previous book, In the World: Essays on Contemporary South African Art (2017). Both form part of a single venture to celebrate and entrench the rich complexity of South African artists in a global imaginary. The artists that Jamal chooses to reflect upon refuse to fit into a predictive algorithm. He has written with equal intensity about artists old and young, dead or alive, famous or relatively unknown, black or white, trending or not. Love and empathy—his indifference to difference—is his engine room, and much like the artists featured, Jamal does not only write for the moment we are in, but for a readership to come.
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A painful, beautiful, and incisive portrait of what was, what is, and what might come. Ashraf Jamal makes the tension between artistic practice, history, and society palpable in this series of searing essays, capturing the spirit and essence of the South African landscape of contemporary art.’ —Koyo Kouoh, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA and Founding Director of RAW Material Company.
A key to Ashraf Jamal’s writing is his prose, the bricks and mortar of his criticism and theory of art. Jamal pushes and pulls, laying bare the underlying tensions of his country of birth, South Africa, through bright contradiction … He offers a sensorium, forcing us to confront the ‘pathological’ and what it means to be human, to exist as beings that think and feel. Rather than being instructive, the aim is for readers to come to consciousness on their own terms, through a potent psychology and a generative doubt. —Serubiri Moses, co-curator of the signature perennial survey Greater New York at MoMA PS1 (2021)
Jamal’s detailed, passionate essays on art and exhibitions . . . are, in verve and insight, a masterclass in art criticism. It may be no revelation that South Africa is a cultural powerhouse, but this uniquely thought-provoking contribution to its scholarship crowns Jamal as one of the country’s leading intellectual firebrands. —Afonso Dias Ramos, Burlington Contemporary
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Anno di pubblicazione2022
Formato16.5 x 24cm
Illustrazioni a colori500
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