Space, ritual, absence: the liminal in South African visual art

  • James Sey


This eclectic and yet closely related set of articles were first presented as papers at a colloquium held at the University of Johannesburg, from 10 to 11 March 2011. The colloquium was convened by James Sey, Leora Farber and Bronwyn Law-Viljoen under the auspices of the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre of the Art, Design and Architecture Faculty of the University of Johannesburg. In conjunction with a visual art exhibition of the same title, curated by Sey and Farber, colloquium presenters sought to interrogate the well-known trope of liminality in terms of its usefulness as a frame within which to understand and analyse South African visual art.