Monograph

WAYNE BARKER, ARTIST’S MONOGRAPH

Wayne Barker’s artistic career spans almost two decades, marked by a bitter-sweet mix of politics, poetry, and a passion for subversion. Tracking that career from apartheid South Africa’s most violent years to a new democratic dispensation, the artist’s monograph explores the contradictory impulses of “African identity”, and Barker’s exploration of a continent’s commodification.

At times part Pop Art, at others a layered deployment of traditional genres and media, Barker’s work stands as much as an indictment of colonialism as of misplaced political correctness. From the first seduction to the twist in the gut, it is as beautiful as it is provoking.

Published 2000 in association with Chalkham Hill Press & the French Institute of South Africa.
ISBN 0-620-26018-1

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