Beyond Afrocentricism and Orientalism : contemporary representations of transnational identities in the works of Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko and Tracy Payne

Pycroft, Hayley (2010) Beyond Afrocentricism and Orientalism : contemporary representations of transnational identities in the works of Nontsikelelo "Lolo" Veleko and Tracy Payne. Masters thesis, Rhodes University.

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South African photographer Nontsikelelo “Lolo” Veleko and South African painter Tracy Payne explore different ways of communicating African realities. The visual imagery of these two artists focuses a lot on movement, challenging the rigidity of boundaries set by Western social constructs. In their work, Veleko and Payne critique the limitations of terms such as “authenticity.” It is extremely difficult to portray shifting notions of contemporary African identity in light of the stain of colonial philosophies which have, in times past, exoticised and appropriated the African body and ascribed conventions of “authenticity” to African representations. Undermining the burden of Western boundaries1, Veleko and Payne redefine what it means to operate in Africa today. Veleko seeks additional cultural realities to complicate her identity as a woman living in Africa while Payne uses concepts of movement to question the validity of structures which advocate an either/ or binary such as “East” and “West” and “masculinity” and “femininity”. By subtly merging aspects of these binaries in their representations, Veleko and Payne bring transnational possibilities to light by undermining the restrictions inscribed in the social and political history of (South) Africa with regard to collective and individual identities. Constructs of gender have contributed to a heightened sense of “African” “masculinity,” forming a stereotype of the African body which is difficult to break free from. Considering the notion of transnationalism and the issue of moving beyond boundaries, borrowing aspects of different cultures in attempt to better define a sense of self, Veleko and Payne engage in the sampling of different lifestyles and perspectives to better define their individualities. This thesis seeks to provide an analysis of the visual language used by Veleko and Payne to promote fluid “African” identities.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Veleko, Nontsikelelo, Payne, Tracy, 1965-, Afrocentrism, Orientalism, Art and race, Art and society, Gender identity in art, Photographers, Painters, Political aspects of art
Subjects:N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Fine Art
ID Code:2130
Deposited By: Ms Chantel Clack
Deposited On:13 Oct 2011 13:29
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