Jong Afrikaner: A Self-Portrait

October 22, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books | 0 Comments |
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Jong Afrikaner: A Self-Portrait is a new book featuring portraits by South African photographer Roelof Petrus van Wyk. Tracing the ongoing transformation and change of the “white tribe of Africa,” the book contains head-and-shoulders portraits of young white Afrikaners – including the strangely beautiful Yo-Landi Vi$$er from the rap group Die Antwoord. “Both a provocation and a statement of artistic intent, the body of work challenges preconceived ideas and beliefs about Afrikaners,” the publisher says. “These individuals… are connected to each other through share values, preferences and tastes and express themselves in diverse cultural and creative activity, rather than any supposed national identity.” Published by Fourthwall Books, Jong Afrikaner: A Self-Portrait will be available for purchase through the website below.

Website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2011/apr/17/figures-fictions-south-africa-va

This project is a documentary archive, tracing the ongoing transformation and change of the “white tribe of Africa” which has been occupying the South African geography, physically and psychologically, for nearly 350 years, of which the Apartheid chapter is perhaps the best known. Within this frame, the artist invites the viewer to engage with each individual, to not only reflect on what it means to be a white person in Africa, but what it means to be an engaged and committed white African.

Both a provocation and a statement of artistic intent, the body of work challenges preconceived ideas and beliefs about Afrikaners. These individuals have come of age in
a South Africa very different to that of their forebears. They are connected to each other through share values, preferences and tastes and express themselves in diverse cultural and creative activity, rather than any supposed national identity.



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