n De Arte - Male identities - two exhibition catalogues
, Carol Brown et al. : book review
, Brett Murray and Ivor Powell : book review




The relationship between exhibitions and their catalogues is necessarily complex and fraught. As Mieke Bal argues in Double Exposures, the discourse surrounding (and, in some respects, constitutive of) an exhibition is hardly neutral commentary or disengaged reflection; instead it is an act of exposition, and '[e]xposition is always also an argument [...] an act of producing meaning, a performance' (Bal 1996:2) This is apracticable perspective from which to consider two recent exhibition catalogues, both produced to accompany shows that opened in Grahamstown during the National Festival of the Arts in 2002.


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