“All Lives Are Black Lives”: Examining Race in South Africa



4 thoughts on ““All Lives Are Black Lives”: Examining Race in South Africa

  1. I first clicked on this article because I was absolutely captivated by the photo at the top but upon reading I had a few problems with it. “They’re all looking at blackness as a muse, and defining this muse in really divergent ways. This show was a perfect opportunity to pull them all together.” This quote seemed problematic to me, as the Black Lives Matter movement that is happening in the United States, and all around the world, is very important right now for reasons this article doesn’t reach. In another quote “Black lives matter, and all lives are black lives,” Thomas says. The artists in the show are from nine different countries and all identify with blackness, though “they might not all be seen as black by most people,” This is extremely problematic in my opinion because there are huge reasons the Black Lives Matter movement has become so popular and this has a lot to do with how black people are treated in the United States. Way too many black lives have been handed over to the hands of police, and as this is still an issue today I do not think it is okay to just brush aside race as an easy answer to it all. Maybe I read the article wrong but I do not think it’s okay to just brush race under the table and take a phrase as powerful as “Black Lives Matter” and use it as a means to try to disregard race.


    1. The quote you first included is saying that these issues are world wide and this concept/show has the ability to bring many people together. I don’t particular understand the flowing comment as the article and work are speaking about these constant and continuous issues.


  2. This article to goes on to say that the work in the show is relaying that blackness is not necessarily something one can specifically identify and that these issues effect all people while showing a connection through a specific culture. They include transnational artist who’s work discusses issues that effect people all over the world and that they hope to broaden the scope of understanding of blackness and racism as a global problem. I think this show is really powerful and I liked Zoe Buckman’s work a lot.


  3. “But rarely are things discussed in an international, transnational way. That’s where the idea for the show came from: thinking about blackness in a local context, and also thinking about it in an international context.”
    This type of mindset is rarely talked about. Thankfully these past few years with advancement in social media we are able to discuss this.


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