Language Webinar

Thursday, 10 June, 2021 - 18:00

Javett Art Centre at the University of Pretoria (Javett-UP) would like to invite you to our Language Webinar  10 June at 18:00.

Javett-UP currently has an exhibition titled Word Woes curated by Hélène Smuts, which is a retrospective of works spanning the duration of Willem Boshoff’s artistic practice. The exhibition title is understood in English and in Afrikaans. In either language the two words look identical, but their meanings differ sharply. Boshoff’s concern is often with the context in which we receive language and the power it yields to exclude or to privilege. As an artist working with words, Boshoff uses unconventional tactics to challenge the use of language as an instrument of cultural identity or exclusion.

The idea of the webinar is to have a conversation around language. Using the artwork Death of Afrikaans, 2021 by Willem Boshoff to frame the conversation, art journalist Johan Myburg will moderate the session by unpacking the death of language in South Africa from a historical and contemporary perspective.


Moderator: Johan Myburg (Art Journalist)


Hlonipha Mokoena (Associate Professor at Wits) 

Mbulungeni Madiba (Associate Professor at University of Cape Town)

Heinrich Stephen Samuel Willemse (Professor at the University of Pretoria)


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