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Painting/Politics/Photography: Marlene Dumas, Mme Lumumba and the Image of the African Woman

Garb, T; (2020) Painting/Politics/Photography: Marlene Dumas, Mme Lumumba and the Image of the African Woman. Art History , 43 (3) pp. 588-611. 10.1111/1467-8365.12507. Green open access

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Abstract

This essay looks at the politics of portrayal, photography and figuration in relation to the colonial/apartheid archive. It focuses on the Dutch/South African artist Marlene Dumas's reworking of a selection images – both personal and public – in order to question contemporary painting's capacity to deal with history, and in particular its spectacular or photogenic trace. By using the painted reworking of both her old school photograph as well as an iconic depiction of Mme Pauline Lumumba, it asks what painting can do when it takes on the photographic past. At the same time, it explores the interpretive filters that have coalesced around the figure of the ‘bare‐breasted African widow’.

Type: Article
Title: Painting/Politics/Photography: Marlene Dumas, Mme Lumumba and the Image of the African Woman
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1467-8365.12507
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-8365.12507
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of History of Art
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10090512
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